Mastermind of Bangladesh blogger killing held

In this February 27, 2015 photo, a Bangladeshi activist sets up a light on a poster displaying a portrait of Bangladeshi-American blogger Avijit Roy as others gather during a protest against the killing of Roy in Dhaka.  

Three militants of an al Qaeda-linked banned Islamic extremist outfit have been arrested in Bangladesh, including the mastermind of the murders of two prominent secular bloggers in the country this year.

The three militants of Ansarullah Bangla Team were detained on Monday night from Dhanmondi and Nilkhet areas, Major Maksudul Alam, deputy director for Rapid Action Battalion’s (Rab) legal and media wing, said.

The detainees were identified as Touhidul Islam, the mastermind of >Avijit Roy and >Ananta Bijoy Das killings, and group’s active members Sadek Ali and Aminul Mollik, The Daily Star reported.

Ansarullah Bangla Team, Bangladesh chapter of al-Qaeda in the Indian Sub-Continent, was >banned in May over a spate of killings of bloggers.

Assailants in February 2015 had killed 45-year-old Roy, a Bangladesh-born U.S. national, in Dhaka while his wife narrowly escaped the attack.

Machete-wielding masked men in May hacked to death 33-year-old Das.

Two other bloggers — >Niloy Chatterjee Neel and >Washiqur Rahman — were also killed this year.

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