|7 to hang for Holey Artisan terror attack|
|[Dhaka Tribune] A Dhaka court on Wednesday delivered the verdict in the Holey Artisan Bakery attack case, sentencing seven New JMB to death and acquitting one of all charges.|
The July 1, 2016, carnage saw 23 people killed, including 17 foreigners and two , and ended when an army commando team stormed the cafe premises in Gulshan and shot the five attackers dead the next day.
The seven condemned to death are: Md Aslam Hossain alias Rashed alias Ryash, Jahangir Hossain alias Rajib Gandhi, Abdus Sabur Khan alias Sohel Mahfuz, Hadisur Rahman Sagor, Rakibul Islam Regan, Shariful Islam Khaled, and Mamunur Rashid Ripon.
The court ordered hanging them till death, apart from fining them Tk50,000 each.
The verdict, pronounced by Judge Md Majibur Rahman of the Anti Terrorism Special Tribunal, drew shouts of "Allahu Akbar" from the convicts, who showed no remorse.
Of the seven, Jahangir, Aslam, Shariful, and Sabur, were among those who planned the attack, Hadisur and Ripon supplied the arms, and Regan was the religious trainer of the attackers.
Jahangir also recruited the five cafe attackers: Nibras Islam, Mir Sabeh Mubashir, Rohan Imtiaz, Khairul Islam Payel, and Shafiqul Islam Uzzal.
The eighth accused in the case, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, was acquitted of all charges as the charges were not proved beyond doubt by the prosecution.
All eight were either top leaders or members of New JMB, a splinter faction of banned outfit , or JMB.
The accused were brought to the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Judge Court premises around 10:15am, where security was beefed up ahead of the verdict in the case filed for the deadliest terror attack in Bangladesh’s history.
The state counsels said they were happy with the verdict and will appeal to a higher court if necessary, against Boro Mizan’s acquittal.
Defence lawyers said the witness testimonies and evidence were inconsistent, and they will definitely move to the higher courts challenging the verdict.
Inspector General of Police Dr Javed Patwary said the police was pleased with the sentencing, save for the acquittal of Boro Mizan. He said they will ask the prosecution to appeal against it.
|3 suspected JMB men held in Chapainawabganj|
|[Dhaka Tribune] Members of (RAB) have arrested three suspected members of (JMB) from, Char Raninagar in Sadar upazila of Chapainawabganj.|
The arrestees are Manirul Islam, 30, , 33 and Hossain Ali, 39, reports UNB.
Tipped off that a group of people of the banned outfit gathered in the area for holding a clandestine meeting, a team of RAB-5 conducted a drive in the area, and arrested the three around 3:30 am Friday, said a of RAB-5.
The elite force members also recovered some jihadi books and leaflets from their possession.
|RAB arrests two suspected JMB members in Dhaka|
|[Dhaka Tribune] (RAB) have arrested two suspected members of banned outfit (JMB).|
They were arrested from Mirpur's Rupnagar area of Dhaka early Wednesday.
RAB legal and media wing Senior Assistant Director Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan said: "They are active members of JMB."
"We are questioning them and will soon take legal action."
|India's NIA: JMB trying to spread across country|
|[Dhaka Tribune] The (JMB), a banned outfit, was trying to spread its tentacles across India and a list of 125 suspects have been shared with different states, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) Chief YC Modi said on Monday, several Indian outlets report.|
Addressing a meeting of chiefs of the country’s Anti Terrorism Squads (ATS), Modi said the JMB has spread its activities in states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala in the guise of Bangladeshi im .
"The NIA has shared with states concerned a list of 125 suspected activists who have close links with the JMB leadership," he said.
Inspector General of the NIA Alok Mittal said from 2014 to 2018, the JMB has set up 20-22 hideouts in Bangalore and tried to spread its bases in South India.
"The JMB even conducted a trial of rocket launchers in the Krishnagiri hills along the Karnataka border," he said.
Mittal said the JMB was keen to attack Buddhists temples to take for the plight of Rohingiya s in Myanmar.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit Chief Monirul Islam told Dhaka Tribune: "For the last couple of years, we have been coordinating with various agencies [Indian] regarding activities."
"These official or unofficial discussions have been going on after Khagragarh blast in October 2, 2014," he added.
" they did not discuss anything in connection to the NIA list of 125 suspected activists, who have close links with the JMB leadership," CTTC chief said.
"JMB considers themselves to be an international organization now, and claims to be operate under the name of ’so-called’ Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, India."
|Who is militant Ripon?|
|[Dhaka Tribune] The (RAB), in a drive, has a JMB member in a drive, named in the charge sheet of the 2016 Holey Artisan attack.|
A team of RAB 3 arrested Md Mamunur Rashid, alias Ripon, alias Rezaul Karim, alias Reza, with Tk1.5 lakh from the Board Bazar area of Gazipur on January 19.
Most commonly known as Ripon, this was not only an accused in the charge sheet of the sensational Holey Artisan case but was also a key supplier of money, arms, and explosives for the attack.
Ripon, 30, son of late Nasiruddin of Shekhermaria village in Nandigram upazila of Bogra, was a member of the Majlish-e-Sura unit of banned outfit (JMB), RAB's Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan said in a briefing on Sunday.
Initial interrogation found that Ripon was born in Bogra in 1988 and started his education in a local primary school.
His father later admitted him to a madrasa after he finished his third-grade. He studied in various madrasas in Bogra’s Nandigram, Naogaon, and Dhaka’s Mirpur area.
In 2009, he completed the Dawra-e-Hadith degree from Madrasatul Darul Hadith in Chapai Nawabganj. He then completed an office application course from Cyber Tech computer training centre in Bogra and started working for the centre.
HOW HE GOT INVOLVED IN MILITANCY
According to Ripon’s confession, he got involved in militancy in 2013 while he was working at the Cyber Tech computer centre. He was drawn into militancy by one Dr Nazrul, who he knew from before.
As he got involved in JMB, Dr Nazrul gave him a new organizational name, "Ripon," even though he was known to all as "Rashid." His main job was to collect funds from members in select areas and hand them over to Nazrul, who was the JMB Ameer of the area at the time. Ripon soon gained the trust of his superiors and debuted as Nazrul’s second-in-command.
In a short time, he made a name for himself in the inner circle of JMB for his innovative activities and competence in collecting funds for the organization.
Later, through various interactions with JMB Ameer Sarwar Jahan, he came to know several s, including Abdullah, a major supporter and benefactor of the s.
WHAT HAPPENED AT HOLEY ARTISAN?
On July 1, 2016, stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area and opened fire. A total of 22 people, including 17 foreign nationals and two , were killed in the attack.
On July 2018, police submitted a charge sheet against eight allegedly involved with the Holey Artisan Bakery attack in Gulshan, Dhaka.
Some 21 members of the outfit New JMB, a faction of banned group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), were found to have been involved in the planning and execution of the attack, according to the charge sheet.
In November, 2018, a Dhaka court charged eight in connection with the 2016 terror attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery.
|Jailbreak plot for Holey attack militants unearthed|
|[Dhaka Tribune] Banned outfit (JMB) was planning to jailbreak the plotters of the Holey Artisan attack, said the (RAB) yesterday after they the arms supplier of the onslaught.|
At a press briefing, RAB's Legal and Media Wing Director Mufti Mahmud Khan said: "They were planning an operation similar to the one in Trishal to free the attackers of Holey Artisan Bakery."
"The intended to snatch the prisoners [arrested in the Gulshan attack case], when they were being transported to court from different jails for trial," he added.
The elite force said they came upon the information after interrogating Md Mamunur Rashid alias Ripon alias Rezaul Karim alias Reza, a member of the banned outfit JMB, who was arrested from Gazipur on January 19.
RAB alleged that Ripon is the suspected arms and explosive supplier, and financier for the attack on the upscale cafe in Dhaka on July 1 2016; recovered Tk1.5 lakh in cash during his arrest.
In 2014, in a cinematic operation, JMB members killed a policeman and snatched away three of their top detained operatives from a prison van in Trishal of Mymensingh.
RIPON REMANDED FOR FIVE DAYS
A Dhaka court has placed the suspected arms supplier Ripon on remand for five days.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Kanak Barua ordered the remand after RAB 3 Superintendent of Police Md Kafil Uddin produced accused Md Mamunur Rashid alias Ripon before court with a 10-day remand petition.
He has been placed on remand for a case filed with the Sabujbagh under the Anti-Terrorism Act last April.
'RIPON SENT TK39 LAKH, FIREARMS FOR THE GULSHAN ATTACK’
The suspected arms supplier, Ripon, allegedly sent Tk 39 lakh, firearms and explosives to Bangladesh for the 2016 attack, the elite force said at the .
RAB official Mufti Mahmud Khan said as per the decision of top JMB leaders, Ripon went to a neighbouring country to collect money, arms and explosives in April 2016.
"Ripon confessed that he sent around Tk39 lakh to Sarwar Jahan [chief of New JMB], from that country right before the attack in Holey Artisan bakery," said Mufti Mahmud Khan.
|2 suspected JMB members arrested near New Delhi|
|[Dhaka Tribune] Two suspected members of outfit (JMB) were from Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida area.|
The duo- Bangladeshi nationals Musharraf aka Musa, and Rubel Ahmed- were arrested from the Surajpur area, on the outskirts of the New Delhi, during a joint operation by the state’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) and the West Bengal police, reports India Today quoting senior Indian law enforcement official Ajay Pal Sharma.
The report does not mention when the two suspected were arrested.
Musa and Rubel are being interrogated by officials of the UP ATS and intelligence department, Sharma said.
According to sources in Indian law enforcement, the two JMB members were planning to carry out a major attack in the National Capital Region (comprised of National Capital Territory of Delhi and several surrounding districts from the states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan).
A source in the Indian intelligence department had received a tip-off that some JMB members were collecting funds for their outfit.
When contacted, police's Anti Terrorism Unit (ATU) chief Additional Inspector General Mohammad Shafiqul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that they are yet to hear from Indian authorities regarding the matter.
The JMB, founded in 1998 by Sheikh Abdur Rahman, was banned in 2005 after setting off about 500 bombs simultaneously across Bangladesh.
|Seven militants get death sentence in Bangladesh for killing shrine worker|
|[DAWN] A court in Bangladesh sentenced seven to death on Sunday after finding them guilty of killing a shrine worker in 2015, court officials said.|
Bangladesh is facing what appears to be a growing threat of violence and has seen a string of incidents in recent years.
Shrine caretaker, Rahamat Ali, 60, was hacked to death in November 2015 in the northern district of Rangpur. Six others accused of the attack were acquitted by the court.
The convicted men were members of the group, public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik told s.
Police believe the same group, which has pledged allegiance to the group, was responsible for the most recent serious attack, when stormed a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka in July 2016, killing 22 people, most of them foreigners.
IS and Al Qaeda have claimed a series of killings of liberals and members of religious minorities in Bangladesh in the past years.
Authorities have consistently ruled out the presence of such groups, blaming domestic instead. security experts say the scale and sophistication of the restaurant attack suggested links to a wider network.
|10 suspected militants arrested in Bangladesh amid crackdown|
|[Iran Press TV] Police in Bangladesh have made 10 fresh arrests as a crackdown on members of an outlawed group widens across the country.|
Security officials said on Monday that six young men, aged between 19 and 23, had been overnight in a raid on their hideouts in the capital Dhaka.
Police counter-terrorism chief Monirul Islam said the six had been plotting to kill a top Islamic scholar during the current holy month of Ramadan. He said the outspoken , whose name was not disclosed, was known for his criticism of ideologies.
Islam said the suspected had been closely watching the scholar’s house and the plan to kill him was going ahead. He added that all those arrested were members of (JMB), a banned group which is routinely blamed by the government for attacks on bloggers, publishers, writers, members of minority groups and foreigners.
Later reports said the suspects would be kept for interrogation as police received authorization from a judge in Dhaka.
Police also carried out a raid on a hideout in a northwestern district of Dhaka on Monday. Three people were arrested in the raid while police seized explosives and guns. Also a writer, whose works are believed to have inspired young people to join groups, was arrested earlier in the day.
Bangladesh insists that the JMB was behind a deadly siege on a restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone last July. Twenty people, including 17 foreigners, were killed in the attack claimed by the terrorist group. The Takfiri group, which is mainly operating in the Middle East, has vowed to carry out other attacks in Bangladesh.
Some 60 suspected have been killed across Bangladesh in the crackdown launched since the hostage-taking in the restaurant. The government has vowed to continue the crackdown until it crushes militancy in the South Asian country.
|New Year Celebrations: JMB's 'attack plan foiled'|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Police have five suspected members of who were allegedly collecting explosives to carry out attacks in Dhaka during New Year celebrations.|
The arrests were made in the capital's Darus Salam area on Tuesday evening when the suspects were carrying around 30kg of explosives in their bags to make bombs at a safe house, Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism unit of DMP, told a news briefing yesterday.
The police did not say anything about the target spots of the suspects.
The arrestees -- Md Riaz alias Engineer alias Rakib, Md Abubin Sayem alias Bappi alias Opu, Kazi Abdullah Al Osman alias Ahsan, Md Sohag alias Chairman and Md Mamun alias Himel -- are Ehsar or full-time members of the "Old JMB", according to police.
This is the first time in months that law enforcers learned about a planned attack by the members of JMB. It was believed that the JMB was busy collecting funds for the organization through robbery and planning ambushes on police and jail guards to free their arrested leaders, sources said.
The arrests and the seizure came days after the police had busted a "Neo JMB" den in Ashkona during which a female JMB member killed herself and seriously injured her four-year-old daughter detonating a . A 14-year-old suspect was also killed during the operation, while two female suspects surrendered with their two children.
The "Neo JMB," a faction of the outlawed JMB that follows the ideologies of terror organization IS, was responsible for the worst-ever attack in Bangladesh at a Gulshan café on July 1.
A CT official asking not to be named claimed that the JMB's Rajshahi region leaders Zia, Hayder and Sahidullah were the key planners of the attack that was to be carried out during New Year's celebrations.
"We suspect the three names are organizational but hope to get more information from the five arrestees after interrogating them," added the official.
During the briefing at DMP's media centre, Monirul also said they had learned about the five arrestees from another gang arrested in the capital with money and gold ornaments they had robbed.
He said the leader of the robbers was one Reaz alias Zinia alias Rakib, who had recently visited India and met Salauddin alias Salehin, chief of the "Old JMB". Rakib started organising the group in Bangladesh with instruction from Salehin, he added.
The CT chief also said many "Old JMB" members were joining the "Neo JMB".
Referring to Shakira, who killed herself detonating her in Ashkona, Monirul said her husband, "Old JMB" member Rashedur Rahman alias Sumon, was arrested on October 17 in the city with six other "Old JMB's" gang of robbers.q
|4 females of ‘JMB suicide squad’ held in Sirajganj|
|[Dhaka Tribune] Detectives have detained four suspected female suicide-squad members, including a mother and two daughters, of banned outfit (JMB) from Baraigram of Sirajganj|
The detainees are ‐ Fulera Khatun, wife of one Abu Sayeed of Baraigram, their daughters- Shakila Khatun and Salma Khatun, and Razia, wife of Rafiqul Islam of the same village.
In a press briefing on Monday, Detective Branch Officer-in-Charge (OC) M Wahiduzzaman, who led the drive with Second Officer Sub-Inspector Rawshan Ali, said a police team on Sunday night raided listed JMB leader Faridul’s house, which was kept under surveillance after he had gone missing last year, and detained the four with jihadi books and a computer.
District Police Superintendent Miraz Uddin said the detainees are members of JMB suicide squad and they have confessed that they were ready to use s on call from JMB high ups.
He said from the information found in the seized computer, police came to know that the detainees used to practice Kung Fu and Karate fighting styles watching photos.
Allude to detectives detained four more female JMB members raiding another house in Masumpur village of the district town on July 24.
|Bangladesh police arrest five planning suicide attacks|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Bangladesh police said on Friday they had five members of a domestic Islamist group planning s in the capital, Dhaka, as authorities hunted for the of a deadly assault last month.|
Police swooped on the cell on Thursday on the outskirts of Dhaka and said the suspects, including four would-be bombers and a bomb-maker, were sent to the capital to bolster the attack capability of the group (JMB).
"All of them were from the northern part of the country and were sent to Dhaka," said Monirul Islam, chief of the Dhaka police counter-terrorism unit.
He said the men were planning to launch attacks against high-profile targets in the city but he did not provide details.
Officers recovered jihadi material, 25 detonators and a huge amount of raw materials for explosives at the site in Kalyanpur, the same suburb where nine suspected JMB members on July 26, Islam said.
Police have accused JMB, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS, of a series of attacks over the past 18 months that has ratcheted up worries about the threat of militancy in the -majority South Asian country.
The attacks include the July 1 assault on an upmarket Dhaka cafe in which 22 people were killed, most of them foreigners.
ISIS for the cafe attack and while the government has dismissed the claim, security experts say the scale and sophistication of the assault suggest links to trans-national networks.
Islam, the counter-terrorism chief, said police believed that Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, a Canadian citizen and prime suspect in the cafe attack, is in Dhaka.
Police are hunting for him, a sacked army major-turned , Syed Mohammad ue, and a third suspects known as just "Merjer" in connection with the cafe attack, he said.
Analysts say Chowdhury was the same person ISIS identified in April as its commander in Bangladesh. But the government insists that ISIS has no presence in the country.