Bangladesh’s Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has detained four militant members, including pilot Sabbir Enam, for an alleged ‘sabotage planning’ of an aircraft.
The RAB claimed that the plan was to hit the house of a top level official of the Bangladesh government.
RAB director (media) Commander Mufti Mahmud Khan said in a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon that they were arrested in different areas of the capital’s Mirpur Darshus Salam.
Among them, Sabbir Enam is the first officer of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. He is a ‘collaborator’ of militant Abdullah, who was killed in the capital’s Mirpur area. Besides, he is an active member of JMB.
The three arrested are Sabbir’s mother Sultana Parvin, Parvin’s relatives Asifur Rahman and Alam, RAB confirmed to media.
In the press briefing at RAB media centre, Mufti Mahmud Khan said that Sabbir took training in flying the aircraft from Bangladesh Flying Academy in 2009.
From 2010 to 2014, he worked at Regent Airways. That year he took a job as a pilot. Sabbir operated Boeing 737 as the first officer of the aircraft.
“On October 30, he conducted flights on Dhaka-Kolkata-Dhaka route. But he was close to militant Abdullah. Sabbir toos ‘bayat’ from militant Sarwar Jahan, who died in an operation of Bangladesh Police.”
Mufti Mahmud Khan said, “As part of this, Sabbir has made an initial plan to attack to the top level official house. He also had plans to take the passengers of the air hostess to a Middle East country.”
Earlier On 4th September, a raid conducted in the house of ‘Komol Prava’ of Mirpur Mazar Road, after searching for a militant base. On the fifth floor of the house, there were heavy chemical explosions in ‘militant dorm’ during the operation.