NEW DELHI – Bangladesh police say they have arrested two suspected members of a banned radical Islamist group and seized at least 20 bombs and bomb-making materials in a series of raids over the weekend.
Authorities have been under pressure to crack down on radical groups after attacks on foreigners and minorities last year raised concern about rising extremism in the secular South Asian nation.
The deputy inspector general of Dhaka police, Monirul Islam, said police arrested two members of the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team group in the raids on at least four homes in Dhaka and its outskirts. He said the raids yielded information that led officers to another home where they found at least 20 bombs. Most were later defused.