Remarks
Robert O. Blake, Jr.
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Washington, DC
May 28, 2010


We congratulate the Government of Bangladesh on the arrest of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Saidur Rahman in Dhaka on Sunday evening. The JMB has been responsible for numerous acts of indiscriminate violence against Bangladeshi civilians, including a coordinated series of bombings in August 2005 that affected 63 of the country’s 64 districts, as well as attacks on judges, police and ordinary citizens.

Sunday’s arrest is the latest in a series of high-profile success stories in which local Bangladeshi law enforcement officers have arrested terrorist leaders who threaten the country’s democratic institutions and secular traditions.

The United States looks forward to continued partnership with the Government of Bangladesh to deny space to terrorists and to promote regional peace and security.