DHAKA, Bangladesh, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Bangladeshi police have arrested a university professor accused of leading a militant Islamic movement blamed for recent bomb attacks, the BBC reports.
Muhammad Asadullah al-Ghalib, professor of Arabic at Rajshahi University in the country's northwest, was arrested Wednesday with three of his associates.
In recent months Muslim shrines, political rallies, cultural functions and aid agencies have been attacked. Police arrested 20 militants in connection with these attacks, some of whom named al-Ghalib as their spiritual leader.
Ghalib has denied any involvement with Islamic militancy.
Police said the accused belong to two recently banned militant groups, Jagrata Muslim Janata and Jama'atul Mujahideen. The Home Ministry said Wednesday the two groups had carried out a series of murders, robberies, bomb attacks, threats and various kinds of terrorist acts, the Daily Star of Dhaka reported.
Eight workers of two international development agencies were hurt in bombings last week, embarrassing the Bangladeshi government.
Islamic militants have been blamed for bomb and grenade attacks in which more than 100 people have been killed since 1999.