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DB deciphering militants’ encrypted messages

Update : 09 Nov 2014, 09:39 PM

As part of their ongoing effort to clamp down on militants, detectives are trying to decipher encrypted messages that were used by militant outfits to communicate with each other on secret websites.

“We have come to know that militant leaders were using secret IP addresses and encrypted messages to issue commands to sleeper cells,” a senior official of the Detective Branch told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday.

The official said 11 people who operated those sites have already been traced, adding that the information was extracted from Ansarullah Bangla Team media wing chief Morshed Alam alias Masum alias Tractor, who is now under a six-day police remand.

AKM Mahbubur Rahman, assistant commissioner of DB, said they were also trying to locate militant sleeper cells by analysing some of the websites used by the militant outfits.

DB Joint Commissioner Monirul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that internet was now the birthplace of militants, as militants relied on the web to share messages and organise.

Analysing the websites, the police have already identified the acting chief of Ansarullah Bangla Team as well as identifying four other spiritual leaders of the outfit, he added.

The acting chief was named Tamim Al-Adnani, Monirul said, adding that efforts were on to trace his location.

“We have came to know about his activities after visiting their websites where a number of video and audio messages of Tamim had been uploaded for the supporters of Ansarullah Bangla Team,” said the DB boss.

Mozaffor Bin Mohosin, one of the four spiritual leaders identified by the DB, was arrested on Saturday from Mohammadpur, while the police were now looking for the other three leaders who toured to different madrasas across the country to inspire and recruit new militants, said Monirul.

Asked whether Jamaat or Indian separatist group Ulfa had any links to funding militancy in Bangladesh, the DB joint commissioner said there was only some scattered information about funding links of these groups. A definitive answer could be given only after further analysing information, he added.

Meanwhile, asked about the recent arrest by Indian police in connection with the Bardhaman blast, Monirul said militants often used different aliases to evade arrest. The police were still clueless about the arrest – which they found out through media – of JMB commander Sajid as they did not knew any JMB leader with such name, Monirul said.

“We would only able to say clearly after getting detailed information or picture from the Indian police regarding the matter,” the DB boss added. 

So far this year, the DB has arrested around 40 members of different militant outfits by carrying out raids at various locations.

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