A suspected militant was arrested by Bangladesh police on charges of the murder of a professor in a weather of deadly attacks against liberal activists and minorities in the nation, according to the statement made by a senior officer on Tuesday.
The 58-year-old English professor at Rajshahi University, Rezaul Karim Siddiquee, was hacked to death while on his way to work in the previous month. The militant Islamic State (IS) accounted for the killing of the professor.
The police arrested an alleged member of the banned militant group, Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, who were believed to be on the low-key due to the death of six of its leaders in 2007.
Rajshahi city police Chief, Mohammad Shamsuddin claimed that “The suspect was arrested on Sunday.”
Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation with a population of 160 million people has witnessed series of attacks in the recent year, with the killings of atheist bloggers, academics, religious minorities and foreign aid workers.
The militant group, Al Qaeda in the India Subcontinent took responsibility for some of the attacks, including the murder of two gay rights activists in the past month. However, the police believe that home-grown militant groups are responsible for the violence.
Numerous Jamaatul Mujahideen members have been arrested and about five were killed in shootouts since November, as crackdown on militants take a whole new level.
The Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, in 2005, detonated about 500 bombs almost simultaneously in a single day, including in Dhaka. Following suicide attacks targeting courts have killed 25 people and injured hundreds.