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DHAKA, Bangladesh (CNN) -- The leader of an Islamic militant group blamed for several bombings across Bangladesh surrendered Thursday, a senior government security official said.

Bangladeshi security forces captured Shayek Abdur Rahman, the country's top Islamic militant leader after a 48-hour standoff in the northeastern city of Sylhet, the official said.

Rahman is the leader of the Muslim extremist group Jamayetul Mujahedin, which has claimed responsibility for multiple bombings across the country in August that wounded more than 100 people.

At the time, police said about 350 bombs bombs exploded in quick succession in and around government facilities.

According to the security official, Bangladeshi security forces have been searching for Rahman since August and believe that he has ties with al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. -- Journalist Tasneem Khalil in Dhaka contributed to this story.

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