Briton arrested in Bangladesh for suspected IS links

A British citizen was arrested here today for suspected links with the Islamic State (IS), becoming the sixth person to be detained in past four days as part of an intensified security vigil against the dreaded group.

PTI| Updated: Sep 29, 2014, 15:15 PM IST

Dhaka: A British citizen was arrested here today for suspected links with the Islamic State (IS), becoming the sixth person to be detained in past four days as part of an intensified security vigil against the dreaded group.

"We have found out that he was trying to set up contact with IS and al-Nusra Front," a police spokesman said identifying him as Samiul Rahman aka Ibn Hamdan.

He said Hamdan was arrested from Kamalapur area here and added the details on the arrest could be given at a media briefing later during the day.

Hamdan's arrest came two days after the police said they were looking for an "al-Qaeda operative" British citizen while he was now in the Bangla capital to recruit fighters for the IS.

Police has arrested five suspects in past four days.

Last Wednesday, police arrested two youths, who are in their 20s, alleging that they were trying to go to Syria via Turkey with the help of a British citizen posing as members of Tabligh Jamaat, a peaceful movement for spreading Islam.

One of the youths is a son of a retired judge while the father of another is a senior government official whose names police did not disclose.

On the very next day, they nabbed a 22-year old man Hafizur Rahman alleged to be a ring leader of an international terror outfit that recruits Jihadis from across the world.

Police said during primary interrogation he admitted to his role as a recruiter of militants particularly from northeastern Sylhet region of Bangladesh.

The UN Security Council earlier this week unanimously approved a?binding resolution on checking the flow of foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria.

The resolution requires the UN member states to adopt laws making it a serious crime for their nationals to join self-declared jihadist groups such as the IS and the Nusra Front.

Nusra Front is a branch of al-Qaeda operating in Syria and Lebanon.

Bangladesh had earlier this month ordered a renewed probe to find out possible links of al-Qaeda with any local outfit while law enforcement and intelligence agencies scrambled to weigh the group's recent announcement to establish a South Asian wing "to raise the flag of Jihad" in the Indian sub-continent.