Authorities in Bangladesh have arrested three suspected Islamist militants over the murders of two prominent secular bloggers, including the “main planner” who they say is a British citizen.
The Rapid Action Battalion said it had arrested Touhidur Rahman, 58, and two other “active members” of Ansarullah Bangla Team, which was banned in May over a series of killings of bloggers.
“We’ve arrested them in the capital today. We can confirm that Rahman is a British citizen of Bangladeshi origin. He is the main planner of the attacks on Avijit Roy and Ananta Bijoy Das,” Major Maksudul Alam of the RAB said on Tuesday.
Four secular bloggers have been hacked to death in Bangladesh since the start of the year, including Roy and Das.
Roy, a US citizen who was born in Bangladesh, was murdered in February by a gang wielding machetes in an attack in Dhaka.
Das, 33, was killed in similar fashion as he headed to work at a bank in the north-eastern city of Sylhet on 13 May.