Hoshi Kunio murder: 4 more ‘JMB men’ arrested
Police arrested four suspected members of banned militant outfit Jama`atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), including prime accused of Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio murder in Rangpur early Sunday.
The four militants are Belal Hossain, 45, Al Amin, 20, Ershad Ali, 28 and Ashraful Islam, 20. They all are hailed from Pirgacha upazila of the district.
Rangpur district police chief Mizanur Rahman said Belal Hossain, described as the recruiter and mentor of the killers of Kunio Hoshi, was detained along with three of his followers during an operation in the northern district.
‘Hossain was an absconding militant and a senior member of the JMB who mentored and trained up Kunio’s killers,’ Rahman said.
He was referring to the homegrown Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an extremist group which has been banned for over a decade.
‘We caught four of them near an abandoned brick kiln,’ Rahman told AFP, adding the militants injured four policemen by hurling home-made bombs.
The official said the arrest of Hossain, 45, would help in the hunt for more militants since he was ‘a mentor to many others’.
On October 3 last year, Hoshi Kunio, 66, was gunned down when he was going by a rickshaw to his grass farm at Alutari in the district’s Kaunia upazila.
Later, eight people were charged with the Japanese citizen killing. Four of them have already been arrested. They are Masud Rana aka Mamun aka Montri, 21, Ishak Ali, 25, Liton Mia, 23, Abu Said, 28. One of the accused was killed in an alleged gunfight with law enforcers in Rajshahi.
According to the police, those who are still in hiding are Saddam Hossain alias Rahul alias Chanchal alias Sabuj alias Robi, 21, Ansari alias Biplob, 24, Shakhawat Hossain. 27.