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Bangladesh JMB Recruits Online

Published Dec 09, 2019
Updated Nov 21, 2020

Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of police revealed that the Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has opted Tor (The Onion Router) browser for fresh recruitments as this allows anonymous communication. Tor is also used by international militant outfits as the Al-Qaeda.

JMB strength at present is estimated to be 40 Ehsar members and each of them receives a monthly payment of Tk 1,000-1,500.
The information was obtained from Abu Raihan alias Mahmud, who was made the local “Ameer” of the JMB in 2017 when the outfit declared itself “a global militant outfit”. Raihan was arrested with two others — Habibur Rahman and Rajibur Rahman — at the capital’s Bhatara on November 25 as per the Daily Star

Despite bleeding of recruits to the Neo JMB, the outfit had been able to establish a stronghold in several northern districts, including Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari, Lalmonirhat, Rangpur, Gaibandha, Bogura, Rajshahi and Chapainawabgnaj as reported by the Daily Star Bangladesh.

Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) expressed concerns over targeting of youth through online platforms by the militant groups in the country.

He was speaking at Dhaka Peace Talk organised by Center for Social Advocacy and Research Foundation (CSARF) in association with DMP’s CTTC unit.

Two terrorist groups are active in Bangladesh the Neo JMB and the Ansarullah Islam or the Ansarullah Bangladesh Team (ABT). The Neo JMB is aligned to the ISIS while the ABT is an al Qaeda inspired Islamic extremist group in Bangladesh.

There are reports that the Harkat ul Jihadi Islam (HUJI) Bangladesh is also attempting to revive itself recently.

Reports on 03 October by BDNEWs 24 Bangladesh indicated that the Dhaka Police have arrested the ‘top leader’ of the banned HuJI-B along with two others.

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.

Five outfits seem to be active in Bangladesh for now – the JMB and the Neo JMB, Ansarullah Team Bangladesh, the HUJI B being revived and the Allahr Dal.