Bangladesh raids militant training camp in remote area of Chittagong

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrest five persons along with large number of firearms and equipment at Sadhanpur Union’s Lotmoni Hill. Photo: suman babu/

(Reuters) – Bangladesh special forces raided a training camp in the southeastern Chittagong district operated by an Islamist militant network that was planning to carry out attacks in the country, senior officials said.

In their raid on the camp in Banshkhali, a remote, hilly area covered in forest, the elite Rapid Action Battalion arrested five people and found firearms, ammunition and other training material, Lieutenant Colonel Miftah Uddin said.

The operation to raid the camp was launched after police arrested 25 students on Feb. 19 at their madrasa, a school teaching Islamic theology and law, in the town of Hathazari in Chittagong, he said.

Uddin said the detained students had given information on the camp during their interrogation and that people from across Bangladesh went there to receive arms training.

Among the weapons and other items recovered were three AK 22 semi-automatic rifles, seven pistols, more than 750 rounds of ammunitions, boxing gloves and ropes…

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