Abdullah Al-Mamun, director general of RAB, made the disclosure on Tuesday in a press briefing at the force's headquarters in the capital ahead of the fifth anniversary of the gruesome militants’ attack that killed 20 hostages, mostly foreign nationals.

Following the attack on 1 July in 2016, law enforcement agencies beefed up their anti-militant drives across the country. In the press briefing, RAB director general said the battalion has arrested many key financiers to date, including the mastermind of the Gulshan café attack, Sarowar Jahan.

“RAB has arrested 1500 militants so far following the attack of Holey Artisan,” he added.

Al-Mamun said along with conducting drives, they are running anti-militant campaign as well to curb the militancy. So far, 16 young boys and girls, who got involved in militancy, have surrendered before the court.

The DG also claimed that Bangladesh has become a "role model" before the world regarding thwarting militancy.

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