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Prof Zafar Iqbal, wife Dr Yasmeen Haque get death threat

Update : 15 Oct 2016, 04:34 PM
The couple, who are both professors of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, received separate threats on their cell phones. Jalalabad police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Akter Hossain confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, saying that the two on Friday filed a general diary about the incident. The OC also said: “The security for the couple has been increased and police remain alert to the threat.” According to the GD, Prof Zafar Iqbal's wife Yasmeen, a Physics professor, had received the threat via an SMS Wednesday night during their stay in Banani DOHS in Dhaka. The message read: “Welcome to our new top list! Your breath may stop at anytime. abt.” Later around 2am, Computer Science and Engineering department Prof Zafar Iqbal also received an SMS in which it was stated: “Hi unbeliever! We will strangulate you soon.” Following their return to Sylhet, the couple sought legal action. The government banned ABT on May 25 last year for their involvement in a series of attacks on secularists and war crimes trial campaigners linked to the 2013 Shahbagh movement. After the ban, the group is renamed as Ansar Al Islam and believed to be representing AQIS in Bangladesh.
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