Militant groups planning to coordinate in B’desh

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 14:45

Dhaka: Two major right-wing militant
outfits, including HuJI, responsible for a series of terror
attacks in Bangladesh are chalking out plans to work in
coordination amid an intensified campaign against them by the
new government, security officials have said.

Harkatul Jihad al Islami (HuJI) and Jamaatul Mujahideen
Bangladesh (JMB) were seemingly planning to work together
despite structural and operational differences in view of an
intensified security vigil.

The reports emerge as Bangladesh observes the
anniversary of the countrywide serial blasts on August 17,
2005, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowing to uproot
militancy in line with her electoral promises.

"HuJI is an outfit with wider external links while JMB
is largely a local organisation but our information suggest
they are trying to chalk up a plan to work together," a
security official told.

Law enforcement agencies were kept on alert to prevent
any militant activity coinciding with the anniversary of the
2005 serial blasts.

JMB was formed by the now executed commander Abdur
Rahman in 1998 after he defected from HuJI.

A report in the New Age newspaper said the JMB cadres
were trying to regroup in remote Char areas of the northern
districts after getting out of jails by exploiting legal
loopholes.

Bureau Report



First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 14:45

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