She is accused of promoting the outlawed militant group’s propaganda on social media
The Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has arrested an female member of the banned militant outfit Ansar al-Islam.
The law enforcement agency on Sunday claimed that she was the first female member of the militant group to be arrested in the country.
The arrestee, Jobaida Siddique Nabila, 19, was arrested on Thursday from Badda area by the cyber intelligence team under City-Intelligence Analysis Division of the CTTC.
Her father is a teacher and a resident of Bhola's Lalmohan upazila.
CTTC chief Additional Police Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman disclosed the information at a press conference at the DMP Media Centre on Sunday.
Earlier, police had arrested several female members of Neo JMB, another militant group following the ideology of Islamic State.
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Ansar al-Islam claimed responsibilities, through Twitter, Telegram channels and other websites, for 13 attacks between January 2013 and April 25, 2016, in which 11 war crimes trial campaigners, secularists and aethists were killed while five others sustained critical injuries.
The Bangladesh chapter of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Ansar al-Islam was banned through a gazette notification on March 1, 2017.
During the arrest, mobile phones along with SIM cards and memory cards used in militant activities were seized from her.
Having contacts with the banned group’s military unit, Jobaida is accused of promoting the Ansar al-Islam’s propaganda on social media.
Md Asaduzzaman said that initial investigation found information of two fake Facebook accounts, one ChirpWire and four Telegram accounts that she used to spread the group’s propaganda.
According to CTTC, Nabila opened a fake account on Facebook in early 2020. At one point, she found Ansar al-Islam's official Facebook page, Titumir Media, and got acquainted with extremist ideologies. She was interested in various extremist videos, audios and articles of the banned outfit.
Nabila had nearly 25,000 subscribers in 15 channels operated from her four Telegram accounts. She shared many books including “Why Jihad Is Necessary” and “Kitabul Jihad”, the CTTC chief told reporters.
“Nabila’s parents noticed the change in her and tried to marry her off. However, she broke off the marriage by saying she wanted to be a martyr by joining jihad,” Asaduzzaman explained.
Her family members could not be contacted for any comments in this regard.