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IS says Bangladeshi militants support new leader

  • Published at 01:33 pm November 3rd, 2019
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A few pictures revealed by the militant groups showed militants pledging allegiance

A media outlet of the militant group Islamic States (IS) has reported that militants from Bangladesh pledged allegiance to the new IS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi Al-Qurayshi, successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The move marked the first show of support from its international networks, as militants from Egypt's Sinai also vowed to obey the new IS leader, The New York Times reports.

A few pictures were released by Nasher news on Saturday, a media outlet that carries the militant group's news releases.

The pictures revealed several militants, allegedly from Bangladesh, standing under the group's black flag. With their faces covered, they had their index fingers raised to pledge allegiance to the new leader, the agency reported.

The agency also posted other pictures showing militants supposedly from Egypt's Sinai with their rifles and index fingers raised, pledging allegiance to the new leader of IS, The New York Times said.

The Bangladeshi government and law enforcement agencies have time and again denied the presence of IS militants in the country. Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and security agencies have repeatedly said homegrown militants were responsible for the attacks in Bangladesh. 

While the government has often attributed terrorist violence to local militants, IS have since claimed responsibilities for several attacks in Bangladesh since 2015, stated the report Country Report on Terrorism in 2018 released by US Department of State on November 1.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by US special forces on October 26 in northwestern Syria, and was then buried in the sea within 24 hours.

The group confirmed his death in an audio tape posted online and said a successor, identified as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, had been appointed.