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Police find 20 bombs in Dhaka home raids

Published 22/02/2016

Local residents watch as police raid on a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP)
Local residents watch as police raid on a building in Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP)

Bangladesh police seized at least 20 bombs and bomb-making materials and arrested two suspected members of a banned radical Islamist group in a series of weekend raids, an official has said.

Authorities have been under pressure to crack down on radical groups after attacks last year raised concern about rising extremism in the nation.

The deputy inspector general of Dhaka police, Monirul Islam, said police arrested two members of the banned Ansarullah Bangla Team group during raids on at least four homes in the capital and its outskirts. He said some people were seen fleeing from the houses.

The raids yielded information that led officers to another home in the capital where they found 20 "powerful bombs" and bomb-making materials, he said. Most of the bombs were later defused.

Police officers said it was unclear who used the home and who possessed the explosives.

The government banned the Ansarullah Bangla Team group in 2015.

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