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Bangladesh police arrest 3 men, including British citizen, over bloggers' murders

  • Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion personnel in black, present before media, suspected member of a banned Islamic militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, Touhidur Rahman, along with two others in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. An anti-crime agency in Bangladesh said Tuesday they have arrested three men, including Touhidur Rahman a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.( AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

    Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion personnel in black, present before media, suspected member of a banned Islamic militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, Touhidur Rahman, along with two others in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. An anti-crime agency in Bangladesh said Tuesday they have arrested three men, including Touhidur Rahman a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.( AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion personnel in black, present before media, suspected members of a banned Islamic militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, Touhidur Rahman, second left, Sadek Ali, center and Aminul Mollick, second right in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. An anti-crime agency in Bangladesh said Tuesday they have arrested three men, including Touhidur Rahman a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.( AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

    Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion personnel in black, present before media, suspected members of a banned Islamic militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, Touhidur Rahman, second left, Sadek Ali, center and Aminul Mollick, second right in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. An anti-crime agency in Bangladesh said Tuesday they have arrested three men, including Touhidur Rahman a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.( AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion personnel in black, present before media, suspected member of a banned Islamic militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, Touhidur Rahman, along with two others in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. An anti-crime agency in Bangladesh said Tuesday they have arrested three men, including Touhidur Rahman a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers. Sign on the glass in Bangla reads, "Pull''. ( AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

    Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion personnel in black, present before media, suspected member of a banned Islamic militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, Touhidur Rahman, along with two others in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. An anti-crime agency in Bangladesh said Tuesday they have arrested three men, including Touhidur Rahman a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers. Sign on the glass in Bangla reads, "Pull''. ( AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Bangladesh say they've arrested three men, including a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.

Maj. Maksudul Alam, a spokesman for the country's Rapid Action Battalion, said Tuesday that the three men were suspected members of a banned Islamic militant outfit. Bangladesh had banned the Ansarullah Bangla Team in May after police accused the group of threatening and killing bloggers and writers.

Alam said one of the arrested men, Touhidur Rahman — a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin — was the mastermind and financier of the attacks on bloggers Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das, who were killed earlier this year.

The suspects were arrested Monday night in raids in Dhaka.