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Bangladesh arrests 3 lawyers for funding militant group

The media head of the agency, Sohel Mahmud, in southeastern city of Chittagong told The Associated Press that Sakila Farzana, Liton and Bopon were arrested in the capital, Dhaka, late Tuesday.

Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion personnel in black, present before media, suspected member of a banned Islamic militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, Touhidur Rahman, along with two others in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. An anti-crime agency in Bangladesh said Tuesday they have arrested three men, including Touhidur Rahman a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.( AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad) Bangladesh Rapid Action Battalion personnel in black, present before media, suspected member of a banned Islamic militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team, Touhidur Rahman, along with two others in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015. An anti-crime agency in Bangladesh said Tuesday they have arrested three men, including Touhidur Rahman a British citizen, for their involvement in the murders of two secular bloggers.( AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad)

Bangladesh’s anti-crime agency has arrested three lawyers accused of funding a little-known militant group, Shaheed Hamza Brigade.

The media head of the agency, Sohel Mahmud, in southeastern city of Chittagong told The Associated Press that Sakila Farzana, Liton and Bopon were arrested in the capital, Dhaka, late Tuesday.

He said three, who have appeared before the Supreme Court, allegedly provided more than 10 million takas ($130,000) to fund the group’s activities. He gave no other details and only one name for two of the detainees.

It was not known why they were taken to Chittagong from Dhaka after their arrests.

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In April, the agency arrested four suspected members of the militant group in a raid in Chittagong and recovered a large cache of arms and ammunition.

First published on: 19-08-2015 at 13:08 IST
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