The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested five members of a militant group from Khulna on Wednesday night.
"The arrestees are Md Tariqul Islam, 23, Md Akash alias Abdullah, 23, Tajimuddin alias Jasim Uddin, 21, Ismail Hasan Anik, 20, Md Ripon, 20. They were arrested in various places of Khulna, Bagerhat, and Gopalganj districts," said RAB Legal and Media Wing Director Commander Khandaker Al Moin at a press conference at the head office of RAB-6 on Thursday.
"They are members of the banned militant organisation Ansar Al Islam. They were carrying out militant activities inspired by the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan," he said.
"They wanted to establish an Islamic state through the so-called Jihad by misinterpreting various religious texts…. For this purpose, they used to provide extremist pamphlets and videos of extremist leaders' speeches to the members of the organisation," he added.
According to RAB, the detainees used to collect money regularly from their relatives, different madrasas, and members by providing false information about the organisation's activities.