Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Update on Shaikh Abdur Rahman's reported arrest in India

BangladeshIndia police are said to have arrested Abdur Rahman, the spiritual and ideological leader of terrorist groups Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB)Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB). The groups, which are often believed to be one of the same, espouse a radical Islamist ideology much like that of the Taliban of Afghanistan. They are believed to have launched the extensive bombing campaign in August of 2005, where it is said up to 400 bombs detonated across the nation. Hundreds of Bangladeshis were wounded in the attacks. JMB and JMJB are responsible for a host of attacks in Bangladesh over the past several years, and Rahman is not your run-of-the-mill local Islamist terrorist leader. Rahman is one of the select signatories to the 1998 fatwa that created the International Islamic Front, the umbrella group of Islamist terrorist groups that declared war on the West. The signatories include: Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri [amir of the Jihad Group in Egypt and second in command of al-Qaeda], Abu-Yasir Rifa’i Ahmad Taha [amir of the Egyptian Islamic Group] and Mir Hamzah [secretary of the Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Pakistan].......More

  • Was JMB Islamist Leader Captured in India?

RahmanWe reported on Saturday of a major manhunt in the western district of Kushtia, Bangladesh, which shares a border with the state of West Bengal in India. Following a tip-off, 2,000 security officers, accompanied by helicopters, scoured the region on Thursday 19 January, hunting for Abdur Rahman (pictured), head of the Islamic terrorist organisation Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Bangla Bhai, who is active in JMB and also heads the Islamist group Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB). The manhunt was called off in the early hours of Friday morning. News comes today from various sources, who announce that a man who may be Abdur Rahman has been arrested in West Bengal, India. Reuters and New Kerala have the details....More

  • Govt not sure about arrest of Abdur Rahman in India

    Private television channel ATN yesterday, however, reported that West Bengal Police do not have information of any such arrest. "Botia thana police said no one named Abdur Rahman has been arrested," ATN correspondent Samir Debnath reported from Kolkata...More
  • Dhaka to ask Delhi to help block routes

    "The militants brought in a huge quantity of explosives through different points on Bangladesh-India border in last six to seven months," said an investigator. Following blast incidents in recent months, explosives experts said in their reports that except for electric detonator and power gel, the components are available in local markets. They earlier observed that 'India is most likely' the country of origin of that particular type of power gel, which is also used in seismic surveys by mining companies in Bangladesh. The detonators are usually used for military and commercial (oil exploration, mining etc) purposes. After the statements of the arrested militants and intelligence reports, the experts now are convinced that their earlier assumption is right. "The detonators, power gel, ammonium nitrate and some other chemicals used in the bombs are not available in local market, the militants smuggled those in from India," observed an expert. One of the expert reports reads: "Countrywide bomb blasts on August 17 and recovery of power gel from Kishoreganj, Rajshahi, Munshiganj and Goran in the capital suggest that the masterminds are in possession of a good number of electric detonators and huge power gel and it is a dangerous notice to all of us." According to intelligence officials, the militants smuggled the explosives mostly through the border points in Rajshahi and Sylhet region, said a source......More
  • 'Anti-terrorist unit to curb opposition movements'
The government is going to set up an anti-terrorist unit with the assistance of the United States to curb democratic movements of the opposition, said the leaders of Workers' Party at a press conference yesterday.They alleged that Khaleda-Nizami coalition is forming the unit in order to stay in power for the next term with the support of the USA.....More


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