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Barpeta (Assam): Six suspected terrorists having links with an Al-Qaeda network in Bangladesh were arrested in Barpeta district of Assam, police said on Saturday.

Superintendent of Police Amitava Sinha said the six suspects having links with the ‘Al-Qaeda in Indian Sub continent’ (AQIS) were nabbed from a madrassa at Howly on Friday.

“We arrested the six persons on the basis of information provided by a jihadi who was arrested on March 4,” he said at a press conference here.

Those arrested, all natives of Barpeta, were having direct links with Mohammed Suman alias Saiful Islam alias Harun Rashid, who is a member of AQIS, Sinha said.

On March 4, five people, including a Bangladeshi national, were apprehended for their alleged links with a suspected terror group of Ansarul Islam, based in Bangladesh with affiliation to the AQIS, in Barpeta district.

Ansarul Islam was earlier called the Ansarul Bangla Team (ABT) and it has affiliation with the AQIS and has allegedly been involved in the killing of bloggers, artists, poets and even those who refused to follow radical fundamentalism or had an independent train of thoughts, the Assam Police had said.

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