Violent to the very end, the militants killed in a police raid in Kallyanpur last month pledged more terror attacks in Bangladesh by members of their movement.
The Dhaka Tribune has acquired the recorded statements of three Kallyanpur militants before they were killed by police on July 26.
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Ambulances carrying away bodies of the militants after the raid in Kallyanpur Photo: Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune[/caption]
In the audio recordings obtained from investigators, the militants attempt to lure listeners to their philosophy, arguing that support for the caliphate is the “only way to go to heaven.”
Below are the audio clips and transcriptions of the recorded statements of Shazad Rouf Arko, Abu Rehan and Taj-Ul-Haque Rashik.
Shazad Rouf Arko
“This is Shazad Rouf aka Arko. I want to get this message to my family, Towhid Rouf … and others … and all my family members … and those who support Sheikh Hasina, the taghut [one who oversteps boundaries] … everyone. [iframe id="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/277335498&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" align="right"]
People who do not support Allah's Sharia [Islamic law] law, remember, only if you support Allah's Sharia law, that's when you can go to heaven. That's the only way to go to paradise. That's exactly what we did. We are here.
We emigrated from our homes, we had everything … we had everything … all for the sake of practising Jihad Fi Sabilillah [struggle in the way of Allah, including warfare]. That either we kill or we get killed and paradise is for us.
You have to understand the real thing here, that Jihad Fi Sabilillah is all about maintaining the Sharia. That’s exactly what we do.
You have to understand that you guys support Sheikh Hasina, the Murtad [apostate], you guys support democracy, that is why you guys are doing Shirk [idolatry] and that’s why I’m happy to call my family all Murtads, all Kuffars [unbelievers].
You can be safe and go to heaven … and go to paradise. Allahu Akbar [Allah is greatest]! And remember small people … small groups like us will get victory over the huge people. That’s exactly what’s going on. Small group of us … we are getting Nusrah [support] from Allah Subhanahu wa ta'ala [Allah most glorified, most exalted] and we are gonna defeat you, we are going to fight you until there’s no more Fitna [strife] … and Insha Allah [Allah willing] we are ready with our weapons right now.
The police and RAB and whoever it is, all the Kuffars can come any time and we are ready to kill them and gain Jannat [heaven]. Fi Sabilillah [In the way of Allah].
I am Abu Rehan. You all stay strong and support Khilafa [caliphate]. Sacrifice your lives and belongings for Khilafa. Certainly Khilafa will conquer from the east to the west. Surely you are on the right path Insha Allah. [iframe id="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/277336126&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" align="right"]
And I want to give this message to our Caliph Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurayshi Habibullah that we recommend that you gouge the eyes of the Kuffars with which they look at Mu'meens [believers].
And to my parents I want to say: come to the path of religion. Certainly this is the greatest wish for us. We will choose righteousness over all the wealth of the world and if anyone asks us to choose between Hidayat [guidance] and riches, we will choose Hidayat. Come to the path of Islam and stay strong.
My message to all the Muslims throughout the world who have still not come and given Bayah [allegiance] to the Khilafa: why are you holding back? [iframe id="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/277336311&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true" align="right"]
The Kuffar, the Murtadin and Munafikin [hypocrites] have all gathered against it. Why do you not see that it is so simple that the Khilafa wants to establish its rule while the Kuffar want to establish their own authority. This is so simple.
So, please, everyone wherever you are, give Bayah to the Khilafa, see its arguments, see its Dalils [proofs], and you'll find that it is upon Haq [truth]. And whatever else there is, is upon Batil [falsehood].
One of the signs that it is upon Haq is that all of the Kuffar and all of the Murtadin have gathered against it. So … it is still triumphant and it is still expanding. So this is one of the miracles. My message is to the Kuffar: this is just the beginning, we will transcend the whole world, we will conquer the whole world. This is a promise.
He saw the extent of the Muslims throughout the world. So, wait, wait, wait. Wallahi [by Allah] we are coming, coming to your lands and as you have seen the war has started in your lands and the frequency has increased.
The lone wolves have increased and this is just the beginning. This is a message from your brother Taj-Ul-Haque.
To date, the militant who identified himself as Abu Rehan remains a mystery. His actual identity has not been uncovered and nobody has yet come forward with information about who he might be.
Investigators said five of the militants, including Rashik and Arko, were members of a suicide squad.
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A screen shot from a video of Kallyanpur militants burning documents Photo: Dhaka Tribune[/caption]
Police say the militants were planning large-scale attacks on foreigners and belonged to the same group which massacred 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, at a Gulshan restaurant on July 1.
Their speeches are peppered with theological terms in Arabic that have been translated. The Dhaka Tribune neither endorses the use of these terms in this context nor intends in any way to interpret their significance.
Alternating between denunciations of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and justifications of their cause, the militants pledge to bring violence to their opponents.
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Police officials in front of the house the militants rented a flat in Kallyanpur Photo: Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune[/caption]
At one point, one of them offers advice to the head of Islamic State Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi, counselling him to be brutal with non-believers.