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RAB arrests Ansar al-Islam’s media coordinator

  • Published at 08:45 pm July 11th, 2018
  • Last updated at 08:47 pm July 11th, 2018
Ansar al-Islam media coordinator Md Ishak Khan Courtesy

Ishak Khan has been spreading extremist ideology through different social media platforms, says RAB

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has claimed to have arrested the media coordinator of banned militant outfit Ansar al-Islam from Singair upazila of Manikganj.

Md Ishak Khan, 32, is believed to be close with the group’s spiritual leader Jasim Uddin Rahmani, who is now in jail, said RAB officials.

Ishak also visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar recently and donated money for their aid in a bid to involve the refugees in militant activities, RAB 3 Commanding Officer (CO) Lt Col Emranul Hasan told a press briefing at the force’s media center in Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar on Wednesday.

Acting on a tip-off, he said, a RAB team conducted a raid in Singair’s Irta Kashimpur area around 6pm on Tuesday and arrested Ishak, who completed Dawra-e-Hadith in 2006 from Jamia Rahmania Madrasa in the capital’s Mohammadpur.

A large number of extremist books and several laptops were also seized from him at the time.

Emranul said Ishak was very close to Jasim Uddin Rahmani when he was a student at the Mohammadpur madrasa and gotten involved with the extremists. He went into hiding after Jasim was arrested.

Afterwards, Ishak published different types of extremist literature, trying to spread extremist ideology among the local youths. According to RAB, he established a madrasa in Singair where he used to give extremist literature to the students.

He also spread extremism through YouTube videos, a blog site called lighthouse.com and other social media platform, said Emranul.

The RAB 3 CO said Ishak’s brother Ashraf Ali Khan was a founding member of Ansar al-Islam. His other brother Rakib, who is now behind bars, was a member of another banned radical outfit Hizb-ut Tahrir.

He added that Ansar al-Islam’s leaders and members of different levels also used to meet in Ishak’s house at Singair.

Emranul said legal action was being taken against him. “We are also investigating his financial sources and international connections.”