Suspected IS operative arrested in Bangladesh

Wednesday 03rd June 2015 07:09 EDT

Dhaka: The Bangladesh police have arrested a former army officer’s son on charges of planning to build an organisation like the Islamic State (IS) to establish Khilafat in the country. Abdullah Al Galib was taken into custody from the Baridhara area in Dhaka on Saturday night, reports said.

Detective branch deputy commissioner Sheikh Nazmul Alam said Al Galib was one of the coordinators of the banned Islamic outfit, Ansarullah Bangla Team, and was also linked to two other banned Islamic outfits Hizb-ut Tahrir and Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh before joining Ansarullah Bangla Team.

Galib recently started a Jihadi organisation ‘Junud At-Tawheed Wal Khilafah’ to establish Khilafat in Bangladesh, he said. Alam also said that he had attempted to travel to Turkey to fight with the IS militants following which his passport was seized.

Galib was arrested during the raid at his house where he was holding a meeting with 10 to 12 other members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team. However, others could not be arrested, Alam said.

He also said that police have seized 50 CDs, two portable hard disks, four hard disks, 43 Jihadi books, a computer CPU issues of the monthly magazine ‘Moinul Islamer Masik Patrika’ and a head cap used for prayers. A case under the Anti Terrorism Act has been filed against Galib

Indian Mujahideen man bares links with 26/11 attack plotter David Headley

A top Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative who escaped from a quake-damaged Nepal prison had hosted 2008 Mumbai attacks plotter David Coleman Headley in the Himalayan nation, police sources said.

Headley had done the legwork for Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), identifying possible targets before the 26/11 carnage in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

He stayed with Irfan Ahmad, the IM's Nepal head who was a former Lashkar militant, during a reconnaissance sortie in the neighbouring nation, the sources said. He had gone to Nepal in June 2008, four months before the Mumbai attacks.

The 49-year-old Irfan was caught by a Delhi Police special cell team at Bahraich in Uttar Pradesh, where he was hiding after escaping from Sindhupalchok jail when the quake on April 25 reduced prison walls to rubble. He was imprisoned in 2010 for faking papers to obtain Nepalese citizenship.

Irfan alias Pappu had apparently told police during interrogation about his links with Headley, who has been arrested by the US authorities after 26/11.

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