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At least 40 Rohingyas recruited by JMB

  • Published at 12:31 am December 14th, 2018
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A special action group of the CTTC arrested the suspects on December 13, 2018Collected

The banned outfit was planning to launch “targeted killings” and terror attacks in Cox’s Bazar during the New Year celebrations on December 31st

Counter terrorism officials has said the banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has allegedly “convinced” at least 40 Rohingyas from Cox’s Bazar carry out sabotage at the end of this month,

The banned outfit was planning to launch “targeted killings” and terror attacks in Cox’s Bazar during the New Year celebrations on December 31st

Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit’s Special Action Group Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Ahmedul Islam came up with the disclosure to the Dhaka Tribune after arresting three suspected militant from Kamalapur Railway Station area in Dhaka on Wednesday around 8am.

He said: “A special action group of the CTTC conducted raid in the Kamalapur area on the basis of information and arrested three men with 30 commando knives, one dagger, one machete, one improvised explosive device container, and 1.5kg of explosives.

Earlier, after the killing of two policemen in Gabtali and Ashulia in October 2015, police recovered commando knives at the time which looks similar as like the newly seized ones

The arrestees are- Abdul Hakim, Noman and Shafi. 

A case has been filed under the Anti-Terrorism Act against these three people in Shahjahanpur police station.

“During interrogation, Abdul Hakim admitted that he is the regional chief of JMB's Cox’s Bazar unit.  He used to make a living by selling Islamic literature and running a CNG run auto-rickshaw before joining the militant organization in 2013. 

“Noman confessed that he is JMB’s Chittagong military chief, while Shafi admitted to be an active member of the terror group,” claimed the CTTC official.

Also Read- 3 suspected JMB men held in Dhaka

CTTC sources said that an Islamic Research Centre is being run in the direction of Ahle-Hadith in Cox's Bazar. The doctrine of Ahle Hadith was promoted through this centre. And the arrestees were motivated by listening to these talks.

CTTC officials also said that members of the militant organization believe that elections and democratic methods are “Kufri Motobad” which means disbelief doctrine. 

The JMB men see election as an opportunity to attack

That is why they became desperate to foil the election. Apart from this, the law enforcement agencies are busy with election-related activities and they (the arrestees) saw it as a special opportunity.

So they were planning to launch “targeted killings” in election time in Cox’s Bazar during celebrations on December 31st. That was why they collected commando knives, explosives and IED to execute the plan, said the officials.

This is the first time that so many commando knives were recovered together. They suspected that the arrested persons have collected these knives from Myanmar through the Rohingya refugees, they said.

A top CTTC official said the JMB men were working in the Rohingya refugee camps since 2016.

“We are now looking to arrest their military wing chief known as Ahnas alias Mahfuz,” he said.

The CTTC officials claimed that they have identified two financiers for the training- one from Malaysia and another from Saudi Arabia, one of whom is a relative of JMB founder Shaykh Abdur Rahman.

ADC Ahmedul further said: “The men were collecting members of their organizations behind the relief and funding aid to the Rohingya camp. They recruited at least 40 militant members from there.”

“JMB's group started contacting other militant outfits as well as implementing their own plan of attack. They are trying to get together once again. We're constantly monitoring them.”

Sources said not only JMB but also other banned militant outfits in Bangladesh are trying to make plans centering the general election to be held on December 30. 

Another militant organization, Hizbut Tahrir publicly chanted slogans and distributed leaflets on the election and anti-democratic protests at several places in Dhaka this month.

Further, another banned militant outfit, Ansar al-Islam, was also planning targeted killings. This week, two members of this organization,who planned the killing of Khizir Hayat Khan who was associated with an anti-militant film management and acting,were arrested.

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