Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Only days after the notorious jihadist outfit Islamic State (ISIS) published a poster in Bangla threatening of attacking Bangladesh or West Bengal in India, according to SITE Intelligence Group, ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on April 30, 2019 in Dhaka, which left two traffic police constables and a community police injured.
On April 30, 2019, a pro-ISIS Telegram channel has released a poster in Bangla language which says, “Coming Soon”, indicating that this notorious jihadist outfit could be planning an attack in Bangladesh or West Bengal soon. Counter militancy experts have already confirmed that the Bangla poster in question was in fact being circulated and that they too are investigating the matter. Intelligence agencies in Bangladesh and India too are investigating the matter.
The poster reads “Shighroi Aschhe [coming soon], Inshallah…”. It also features the logo of a group called Al-Mursalat, according to counter-militancy experts.
Islamic State already has a strong hold in Bangladesh with a section of local terrorist organization named Jamatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) which is affiliated to ISIS Central.
Being a counter-militancy expert I know, under the banner of Hizbul Mujahedin, JMB operatives have been known to recruit and establish hideouts in Kolkata and others parts of West Bengal and neighboring states. Moreover, JMB is silently gaining strength in Bangladesh too. Three years ago, local JMB sleeper cells had put up posters in several districts of West Bengal asking the youth to join the terrorist organization. Only recently, the existence and circulation of the Bengali poster is being taken seriously as the ISIS recently carried out over eight deadly serial blasts in Sri Lanka through local outfit Tawheed Jamaat.
In Bangladesh, another jihadist outfit named Hizbut Tahrir also has got itself affiliated with Islamic State. Moreover, sitting in Britain, a fugitive sacked military officer named Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters Shehtaz Murashi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan had formed a platform named ‘Astha’ (faith), through which he is trying to unseat the democratically elected government in Bangladesh and turn the country into a Caliphate. Md. Shahid Uddin Khan’s cohort M. Sajjad Hussain, sitting in Texas, is coordinating the activities of ‘Astha’ in the United States. It is matter of grave surprise as to why the UK government is allowing Md. Shahid Uddin Khan in continuing jihadist activities using the British soil.
This year, Khan’s Dhaka residence was raided by the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC). During the raid, large volume of weapons, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency notes and jihadist materials of ISIS were recovered by the CTTC unit.
In Britain Shahid Uddin Khan has a girlfriend named Julia, whom he falsely introduces as his ‘adopted daughter’. According to information, Julia was connected with Muslim Brotherhood through her previous husband. Julia also has contacts mega-terrorist outfit Hamas.
We are aware that Britain already had turned into the capital of anti-Semitism and radical Islam for years, but now it is evidently proved, the country also is harboring jihadists and funders of ISIS. This surely is a matter of grave concern for the entire world and particularly for the European nations, as jihadist madness and radical Islam would be exported from Britain through individuals like Md. Shahid Uddin Khan.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz. Follow him on Twitter at @Salah_Shoaib