A sacked military officer named Shahid Uddin Khan, who has been spreading terrorist propaganda materials through a number of YouTube channels was actively involved behind the 2019 Easter Sunday jihadist attacks in Sri Lanka that had killed 267 people including 45 foreign nationals. Since 2018 this notorious criminal and terror financier has been living in the United Kingdom with his wife Farjana Anjum and three daughters, Khan’s wife also is actively involved in terrorist and criminal activities.
Md. Shahid Uddin Khan (Army No: BA002428, Course: 8-BMA, Commission Date: 10-06-1983) and his wife and daughters entered Britain with millions of dirty cash.
According to credible sources, in 2009, Shahid Uddin Khan invested millions of pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange of obtaining immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. The family had laundered an unknown amount of money and brought that into the United Kingdom via United Arab Emirates and few more countries, while Shahid Uddin Khan had invested over 18 million pounds for buying citizenship under Britain’s scandalous ‘Golden Visa’ scheme.
A sacked military officer Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife and daughters are on run while they have already been convicted by several courts in Bangladesh. Shahid and his wife also face rigorous life-term imprisonment for their direct involvement in funding Islamic State and other jihadist outfits.
On January 17, 2019, Dhaka residence of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan was raided by the members of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police. During the raid, CTTC team found illegal weapons, ammunition, IED making materials, counterfeit Bangladeshi and Indian currency bills and jihadist propaganda materials as well as documents about Shahid’s money laundering and terror financing.
According to media reports, four months before the Sri Lanka attacks, ISIS funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan had sent large amount of money to his Colombo-based jihadist contact via Dubai. Khan has been living in the United Kingdom for last few years along with his family. Sitting in Britain, Khans are continuing various forms of jihadist activities. Recently he has established an organization named ‘Astha’ which aims at unseating democratically elected governments in the world and replace those with Caliphate. By now, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan already has expanded his activities in Sweden and the United States through two of his cohorts.
According to documents available with various intelligence agencies in Bangladesh, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan hails from a radical Muslim family while his wife Farjana Anjum too hails from a similar family background. This couple’s daughters though are living and being educated in Britain are notoriously radicalized and are working as lone wolves. They have been targeting various individuals and trying to convert them into Islam.
In January 2019, Md. Shahid Uddin Khan used illegal channel in transferring an amount equivalent to ninety-two thousand dollars. This amount went from Dubai to Colombo. It may be mentioned here that, in 2018 this newspaper published several reports exposing a secret conspiracy by a conglomerate of several jihadist outfits of staging terrorist attacks in a number of South Asian nations.
Shahid Uddin Khan’s role behind Sri Lanka attacks
At least ten days before attacks, a Middle East based intelligence agency gave security officials a detailed warning of a possible threat to churches by the National Thowheeth Jama’ath. Similar alerts were also echoed by a Western intelligence agency. But the matter was not conveyed even to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremersinghe. Now authorities are investigating the reason behind such dubious behavior of Sri Lankan intelligence agencies.
Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family pose potential threat to Britain’s internet security, while this jihad financier family are using British soil in continuing numerous forms of jihadist and criminal activities.
It is even alleged that, terror-financer Shahid Uddin Khan has been contacting Al Qaeda as well as Islamic State with the offer of funding terrorist and suicide attacks inside Bangladesh.
Shahid Uddin Khan was first given media exposure by a dubious journalist named Tasneem Khalil through Facebook LIVE. Later Khan established contact with Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s leader Tarique Rahman. It may be mentioned here that, Tarique Rahman is facing multiple convictions in Bangladeshi court and has been living in Britain on asylum, wherefrom he has been continuing anti-Bangladesh and pro-militancy activities.
Couple of years ago, Tarique Rahman established contacts with members of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), a militancy outfit with the help of Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s fugitive leader Mahmudur Rahman.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party has also been maintaining connections with pro-Caliphate Hefazat-e-Islam since 2013 and was also plotting Iran-type Islamic revolution in Bangladesh.
According to media reports, while Tarique Rahman has been getting finance from Pakistani spy agency ISI for many years, his party comrade Mahmudur Rahman is under direct patronization of Turkish rule Recept Tayyip Erdogan. With Erdogan’s funds, Mahmudur Rahman has launched a Bangla online portal named ‘Amar Desh’ from London, which has been working as the mouthpiece of radical Islam and militancy.
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