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ISIS to attack Bengal? Poster spooks intelligence agencies

Due to the recent Easter Day terror attack on Sri Lanka by ISIS-affiliated Tawheed Jamaat, the intelligence agencies are taking the content of this poster very seriously

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Kolkata:Shighroi aschhe, Insha’Allah (coming soon by the grace of Allah)!” screams an ISIS poster released recently on a Telegram channel of the Islamic State.

This poster, carrying the logo of al Mursalat — terror outfit named after the 77th sura or chapter of the Qur’an, meaning “the emissaries” — was released Thursday night. The outfit sprouted out of ISIS.

Due to the recent Easter Day terror attack on Sri Lanka by ISIS-affiliated Tawheed Jamaat, the intelligence agencies are taking the content of this poster very seriously.

The presence of the ISIS in Bangladesh is already quite strong, thanks to the presence of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen in that country. What is worrisome for India, top terrorists of the JuM Bangladesh (or JMB) visit Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal off and on to recruit terrorists for ISIS Central.

Earlier this year, Ariful Islam of the JMB was arrested in Babughat area of Kolkata for the Bodh Gaya blasts of 2018.

JMB has a module in Assam already. In the course of their interrogation, Arif and his accomplices revealed they held training for fresh terror recruits in the Chirang area of Lower Assam.

It is not Bengal alone that should be on high alert. When the US agency FBI interrogated Mohammed Musiruddin, who had been arrested by the Bengal CID at the Bardhaman railway station, he revealed he had been hiding in Tirupur of Tamil Nadu.

There, Musiruddin dealt with Amjad Sheikh of the JMB.

Police had arrested Sheikh in 2014 for the twin bombing in Khagragarh.

And this is not the first ISIS threat to India via Bengal. In 2016, posters by local JMB sleeper cells surfaced in several districts of West Bengal. These posters urged Muslim youth to join the terrorist organisation.

JMB follows ISIS ideology

The United Kingdom identifies JMB as a terror group. One Abdur Rahman founded it in April 1998 in Palampur in Dhaka division.

The JMB made news big-time when in 2001 bombs and documents detailing the activities of the organisation were discovered in Parbatipur in Dinajpur district. Even the Bangladesh government declared the JMB as a terrorist organisation and banned it in February 2005 after it attacked some NGOs.

But JMB hit back in mid-August, detonating 500 bombs at 300 locations across Bangladesh. In 2016, a re-organised JMB lynched whoever it deemed “un-Islamic’ in northern Bangladesh. It led a wave of attacks on atheist bloggers and other secularists.

The JMB, with 10,000 terror recruits, networks with legal as well as outlawed Islamist organisations.

On 29 March 2007, four JMB terrorists were executed by a Bangladesh court order for the killing of two judges and for the August 2005 bombings.

The JMB gets money from officers at the Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka. Visa Attache, Mazhar Khan, was caught red-handed at a meeting with a JMB operative in April 2015.

They were involved in pushing large consignments of fake Indian currency into West Bengal and Assam.

Second Secretary, Farina Arshad, was expelled by Bangladesh in December 2015 after a JMB operative admitted to having received 30,000 Taka (Bangladeshi currency) from her.

The JMB’s aim is to replace the government of Bangladesh with an Islamic state based on Sharia Law.

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