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Bangladesh Terrorist Groups: More Neo JMB Cadres Arrested

Published Nov 12, 2019
Updated Jul 27, 2020

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit have arrested four members of the militant group “Neo-JMB” from Dhaka’s Ramna area.

The arrestees were identified as ArifMollah (28), Ilias Hossain alias Mithu (28), Md Forhad Ali alias Fuad (31) and MuntasimBillah alias Sabbir (21) as per the Daily Star and admitted that they were active members of the banned militant group.

In July last year, the arrestees recorded a video on the bank of Nagor river in Sanjaypur village under Bogura district to post in so-called Islamic State (IS) media.

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

Known as the HuJIB or Bangladesh the group is demanding Islamic rule in India and Bangladesh and supports Rohingya insurgents in the Rakhine province of Myanmar as per the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Standford University which has tracked growth of the group.

The main Pakistani branch was founded in 1979 at the start of the Soviet-Afghan war and was led by Qari Saifullah Akhtar until his death in 2017. HuJI has been responsible for bombings and assassinations in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. The group has historical ties to the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and other South Asian militant organizations.

Part of HuJI’s international presence derives from its affiliated branches in Bangladesh and Myanmar. The first of the two branches, HuJIArakan (HuJI-A), was formed in Karachi in 1988 by Maulana Abdul Quddus, a Pakistani national of Rohingya origin.

There are concerns over revival of the HuJI in Bangladesh as the police have been able to neutralize a network that has been attempting to make its presence felt well in time says the CISAC.

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.

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.