Huge arms cache recovered in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka

Dhaka, June 19 (IANS) Bangladeshi police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition from a canal on Saturday in capital Dhaka.

At least 108 pistols, 1,000 bullets, 189 magazines and 10 bayonets from the canal in Uttara of northern part of Dhaka were recovered, Xinhua news agency quoted Dhaka Metropolitan Police official as saying.

The recovery came a day after Bangladesh’s week-long anti-militants drive ended.

Since the beginning of the drive on June 10, at least 194 suspected militants and 14,376 other alleged criminals have been arrested.

Among the total 194 militants, 151 are members of banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB.

JMB, campaigning for establishment of Islamic rule in Bangladesh, carried out a series of bombings in 63 out of the country’s 64 districts, including capital Dhaka on August 17, 2005, leaving two people dead and 150 others injured.

Hundreds of JMB leaders and activists were rounded up while six top leaders of the group, including Shaikh Abdur Rahman, were hanged in 2007.

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