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Bangladesh ‘Allahr Dal’ banned as Counter Terrorism Controls Tightened

Published Nov 11, 2019
Updated Feb 06, 2020

Bangladesh government banned the militant outfit “Allahr Dal” as the activities of the group have been considered as threats for public security as per the Daily Star.

The Public Security Division under the home ministry issued a gazette notification stating that, “The government thinks that the activities of militant outfit named “Allahr Dal” are contradictory to the country’s peace and discipline. As the activities of the group have been considered as threats for public security, its activities have been banned in Bangladesh,” the notification reads.

In September, police sent a list of 33 militant outfits — including “Allahr Dal” and “Neo-JMB” — to the home ministry to ban their activities as per the Daily Star Report.

Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami (HuJI) a Deobandi militant group with branches in Pakistan and Bangladesh is said to be attempting a come back.

Fears of return of the HuJI B come from revelations by Md Atiqullah, a ‘top leader’ of the who returned to Bangladesh in search of ‘sponsors’ to support terrorist activities overseas but was arrested by the Counter Terrorism unit along with two of his associates, Borhan Uddin Rabbani, 42, and Nazim Uddin alias Shamim, 43, during a raid in the capital’s Khilkhet on Oct 2.

The Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is regarded as the fountainhead of a reorganised grouping of the organisation which has been named as Neo JMB in Bangladesh

JMB regrouped under the leadership of a Bangladeshi expatriate to Canada, Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, who was killed in a raid in Narayanganj in August last 2017, just before the arrival of then US Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry. The mantle of leadership shifted to Musa and now to AyubBachchu.

Now the Neo JMB is believed to be behind the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at two places and attacks on policemen at three other spots in the capital in the last six months, counterterrorism officials said.

The cell is suspected to have 10 to 12 members and has used two members for each operation

The IEDs were made at one of its dens in Narayanganj’s Fatullah with the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police destroying the hideout and arrested two militants recently.

On the night of 26th May, a crude bomb exploded at the Malibagh intersection of Dhaka, injuring a policewoman and a rikshaw puller. The blast also set fire to the rear end of a police vehicle and two firefighting units were dispatched immediately in response, however, locals in the area stepped forward and doused the fire immediately. There were no fatalities.

In a few hours after the bombing took place, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which specialises in tracking online presence and actions of white supremacists and jihadist organisations, stated that the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.