Two suspected members of a Bangladeshi Muslim militant group, including one who was out on bail on a charge of attempted murder, were arrested in the killing of a secular blogger in the fourth such deadly attack this year.
Saad-al-Nahin and Masud Rana were arrested Thursday evening by the detective branch, which has been handling the case rather than regular police, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Muntasirul Islam. They are suspected members of Ansarullah Bangla Team, a group blamed for some of the previous attacks on bloggers.
Local media reported that Nahin was arrested in 2013 on a charge of attempted murder in an attack on blogger Asif Mohiuddin, who was injured. Nahin was freed on bail but was supposedly being watched by detectives.
Last Friday, at least four men posing as tenants entered an apartment building and hacked to death 28-year-old Niladri Chottopadhay Niloy. The blogger’s wife, Asha Moni, filed a murder case against four unnamed persons.