Authorities say security agents have arrested five suspected Islamic militants in south-eastern Bangladesh and seized bomb-making materials.

Bangladesh’s anti-crime Rapid Action Battalion says the suspects were arrested on Sunday in a forest in Khagrachari district, 175 km southeast of the capital, Dhaka.

Security commander Col. Mizanur Rahman said on Monday that it is believed the suspects belong to the banned radical Islamic group Jumatul Mujahideen Bangladesh.

Mr. Rahman said agents also seized explosives and bomb-making materials from the men.

Jumatul Mujahideen Bangladesh seeks to establish Islamic law in Muslim-majority Bangladesh and was blamed for countrywide bombings that killed at least 26 people and wounded dozens in 2005.

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