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Ansar Al Islam chief Zia’s key accomplice tracked

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Ansar Al Islam chief Zia’s key accomplice tracked

A key accomplice of notorious jihadist outfit Ansar Al Islam kingpin Major (sacked) Syed Ziaul Haque Zia has been tracked by the investigative team of Blitz. According to information, Abid Hassan, a former student of North South University is involved into militancy activities for a long time and has been working as one of the key accomplices of Zia.

Abid Hassan uses Grameen Phone number 0176-1973008 and most possibly resides in Dhaka’s 105/2 Azimpur Road.

Abid although has been using a Facebook account has suddenly deactivated it since May 23, 2021. By searching through ‘Truecaller’ it was revealed that this jihadist has been using codename ‘Magi’ in his telephone communication, most definitely to hide his identity.

It has been learned by the team of investigative reporters of Blitz that, Abid Hassan has been an active member of outlawed Hizb Ut Tahrir for many years. Later he was recruited by Major (sacked) Syed Ziaul Haque Zia and was assigned with the task of running cyber activities as well as terrorist activities in Bangladesh. He also had been regularly maintaining communication with fellow members of Ansar Al Islam through messaging apps, while Abid Hassan is also running a number of jihadist groups on social media platforms.

Blitz team has been able to find a small-sized monochrome photograph of Abid Hassan. Members of Counterterrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police can find further details of Abid Hassan from North South University as well as by looking into call record of 0176-1973008 and by visiting 105/2 Azimpur Road, where this terrorist most possibly is residing.

According to media reports, sacked army major Syed Ziaul Haque alias Zia, the kingpin of banned militancy outfit Ansar Al Islam has been sentenced to death for killing blogger Avijit Roy and publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan, still remans traceless. Law enforcement agencies, including detectives are clueless about the whereabouts of this militancy lynchpin who was the mastermind of killings of about one dozen prominent writers and secularist bloggers in Bangladesh.

As Zia is frequently changing his location, law enforcers are failing to trace him till date.

Law enforcement agencies, including counterterrorism and anti-terrorism units of police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), have set traps at different parts of the country to arrest him.

Now the law enforcement agencies may find key information about the location of Zia as well as terrorist plots of Ansar Al Islam once they can nab Abid Hassan.

 

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