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Bangladesh Terrorist Groups Increasingly Using Online Networks

Published Jan 15, 2020
Updated Mar 02, 2020

The Daily Star Bangladesh reported that in a recent counter terrorist operations the IT branch of “Neo-JMB” was unravelled. A female member of the militant outfit was also arrested in Ashulia’sGokulnagar area on the outskirts of the capital, Dhaka.

The police seized bomb-making materials, crude bombs, sharp weapons, three toy pistols, and computer equipment.

The arrestee ShailaSharmin, 25 was reportedly wife of militant suspect Tanvir who is a student of Jahangirnagar University and an IT expert.

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.

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.

Busting of the IT branch of “Neo-JMB” is another indication that the terrorist group is increasingly moving on line for propaganda, recruitment and transmission of messages within the closed group.