Police in Bangladesh arrested a British man whose charity runs an orphanage that they say is a front for a training camp and arms factory for Islamic militants.

Faisal Mostafa of Stockport, Greater Manchester, who was acquitted in 2002 of being part of an Al Qaeda bomb plot, was arrested Wednesday in Dhaka, the Bangladeshi capital, an officer involved in the case said.

Captain Shafiul Alam, of the Rapid Action Battalion, told The Times that Mostafa, 45, who has a chemistry degree and a PhD in metals corrosion, was arrested along with his “agent” in Bangladesh, a Bangladeshi citizen identified only as Badl.

“They were both arrested yesterday,” he said. "They are being charged with illegally keeping arms, explosives and ammunition, and with militancy and terrorism.”

The Rapid Action Battalion said that it discovered a suspected Islamic militant training camp and weapons factory in a raid on an orphanage run by Dr Mostafa’s charity, Green Crescent, on the remote southern island of Bhola on Tuesday.

Lieutenant-Colonel Munir Haque, another officer involved in the raid, said that his men found nine or 10 firearms, 3,000 rounds of ammunition and enough explosive for hundreds of grenades.

He also said that they found Islamic literature “in line with extremists like [Usama] bin Laden” and had arrested four people – a teacher and three caretakers.

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