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Militants target August for terror attacks

Published : 27 Jul 2020 09:57 PM | Updated : 07 Sep 2020 03:40 PM

As in previous years, banned terrorist organizations are desperately trying to target the month of national mourning, August, to conduct terror acts across the country.

They may attempt to carry out terrorist attacks targeting airports, embassies and some religious institutions.
On getting the information, Police Headquarters ( PHQ)has alerted all operational units in this regard.

Police high ups have also issued necessary instructions to resist any attempted terrorist attack in the country.

Intelligence sources claimed that they have revealed the so-called Islamic State has taken an initiative to declare a new wing Bengal Ulayat ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.

Bengal Ulayat may be declared through a major terrorist attack, intelligence has warned.

Banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the indigenous followers of IS, may try to carry out terrorist attacks including assassinations, bombings and other forms of attacks in this situation. PHQ has ordered all police units to take adequate precautions and adopt proper security measures.

According to police sources, militants may target police, airports, embassies, Shia-Ahmadiyya shrines, mosques, churches, pagodas and temples.

Police high ups have ordered all units to enhance surveillance against terrorist outfits and to maintain personal security of all police forces.

PHQ also instructed not to leave police vehicles empty or abandoned, ensure security and identity while entering police buildings.

The police authority has also ordered increased surveillance on students.
Police will increase searches at police check posts, search bags and bodies of suspected persons. They will also conduct block raids in suspicious areas.

Assistant Inspector General( Media and Public Relations) of PHQ Md Sohel Rana said, “ Militancy is now totally under our control. However, we do not want to keep any chance for fear.”

He also said that during special days and occasions, they always beef up security and remain on high alert to avert any untoward situation.

Meanwhile, Rapid Action Battalion arrested five members of banned terrorists outfit Ansar al Islam from Dhulivita area under Dhamrai Upazila of Dhaka district on Sunday night.

Talking to Bangladesh Post, RAB-4 commanding officer Md Mozammel Haque confirmed the matter.

He said, “ On getting secret information, a team of RAB-4 raided a Dhulivita area at around 11:pm Sunday and arrested five militants.”

They have been primarily identified as Md Mizanur Rahman Polash, Md Durul Huda, Md Abdur Rashid, Md Rasel and Md Abdul Hai.

During the primary interrogation, they admitted that they had been involved with Ansar Al Islam since long.
RAB also seized a large quantity of Jhihadist publications from their possession.

Arrested Polash is a jewelry businessman. He was introduced with a top leader of the militant organization who provided him Jhihadist publications and some extremist video clips as part of radicalizing him.

He also trained him to use protective software and mobile apps for communicating with militant leaders.
Thus he became active in Ansar Al Islam, and at one stage, he was appointed as the coordinator of Chapainawabganj.

He has been working for the militant body for the last twenty years. He is the admins of six telegram groups of the militant outfit.

He was radicalizing people online, said the RAB-4 boss.
Durul Huda is a Madrasa teacher and was radicalized by Polash. He has been involving with the Ansar Al Islam for the last seven years.

He was motivating recruitment of new members and providing financial support for militancy.

Rashid is a carpenter by profession. But he was radicalized when he was a student by Polash. Rashid is the member of the military brigade of Ansar al Islam.

Abdul Hai is a quack doctor. He was introduced with militant leader Polash. At one stage, he was also involved with the terrorist organization.

The arrested militant admitted that they created several groups using android phones and communicated with one another. They visit different parts of the country to recruit new members.

Mozzamel Haque, also an Additional Deputy Inspector General of Police said, “ My unit alone arrested eleven militants in July.”
Responding to a question, he said, “ We are on alert to resist any possible terrorist attack.”