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Police: ‘Important’ Arrest Made in Bangladesh


Members of Bangladesh Police Detective Branch escort Sumon Hossain Patwari in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Police counter-terrorism chief Monirul Islam told reporters that Hossain is charged with taking part in the October attack on publisher Ahmed Rashid Tutul who worked on books by a prominent atheist writer who was killed in a separate attack. (AP Photo)

Members of Bangladesh Police Detective Branch escort Sumon Hossain Patwari in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, June 16, 2016. Police counter-terrorism chief Monirul Islam told reporters that Hossain is charged with taking part in the October attack on publisher Ahmed Rashid Tutul who worked on books by a prominent atheist writer who was killed in a separate attack. (AP Photo)

Police in Bangladesh have arrested an Islamist militant who is suspected of attacking a publisher last year.

Police described the arrest as an important breakthrough in their investigation of recent violence.

Sumon Hossain Patwari, 20, is accused of being involved with an attack last October on publisher Ahmed Rashid Tutul and two writers. They were shot and stabbed in the office of a publishing house in Dhaka.

Police said three men carried out the attack.

Patwari is a member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) militant group, police said. The ABT is banned in Bangladesh.

The head of the police force’s anti-terrorism office told reporters Patwari admitted that he hacked Tutul three times during the attack.

Police have arrested thousands of people since Friday because of a series of violent attacks. The victims include bloggers, Christians and Hindus.

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for more than 20 of the killings.

In the past week, Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for the deaths of a Hindu religious worker, a Hindu religious leader and a Christian businessman. All three were hacked to death.

A Muslim woman also was stabbed and shot dead. She was the wife of an official involved in anti-terrorism operations.

Bangladesh officials continue to state there are no foreign terror groups operating in the country. Instead, they blame home-grown militants and the political opposition for the violence.

I’m Jonathan Evans.

This story appeared on VOANews.com. Jim Dresbach adapted the report for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.

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Words in This Story

breakthroughn. an important discovery that happens after trying for a long time to understand or explain something

hackv. to cut someone many times and usually in a rough and violent way

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