A senior police officer has rubbished claims by the militant group that calls itself the Islamic State about carrying out attacks in Bangladesh.
“We have identified those involved in recent bomb explosions, attacks on mosque and killings. So far 50 persons have been arrested,” Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Trans National Crime (CT) unit, told the media yesterday.
He said many had confessed before the court but none of them said they were involve with IS or al-Qaeda. Monirul, also a DMP additional commissioner, blamed JMB and local militant groups for the attacks.
“The suspects admitted to their involvement with JMB and said they carried out the killings and attacks as part of their militant establishment.”
Replying to a question, Monirul said they did not have any information on anyone leaving Bangladesh to join IS. “According to our information, around 20 persons, Bangladeshi or of Bangladesh origin, joined IS. According to Malaysia, Japan, Canada, US and Australia, four of them had died,”he said.
IS magazine Dabiq spoke about creating an open field for its activities in Bangladesh and conducting operations in neighbouring countries. It claimed some low-level Jamaat-e-Islami leaders had joined IS.
“Such reports aim at spreading false information,” Monirul said, adding that they had arrested a number of activists, who claimed to have been affiliated with the IS but failed to prove that they contacts with the IS.
Monirul said they were screening people going abroad, specially to countries near Syria and monitoring those returning from that region.