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Bangladesh New Battleground for Jihad

In a massive raid in northern Bangladesh over the weekend, the police arrested members of a banned Islamist group, who revealed details of a concerted campaign to establish Islamic rule in Bangladesh. In a series of raids from Thursday night to Sunday, the police arrested 23 militants of the Jamaatul Mujahidin Bangladesh from a house in the obscure village of Uttar Mahespur in the northern district of Jaipurhat, 12 miles from the Indian border. The police recovered innumerable diaries, leaflets, books and publications and other belongings providing evidence of the group’s future plans for launching jihad (holy war). Established in the early 90s, Jamaatul Mujahidin is the youth wing of the banned Harquatul Jihad , alleged to be responsible for the spate of bomb attacks in different parts of Bangladesh over the past four years. Persistent government denials about the presence of militant groups in Bangladesh and the lack of police action against them has helped these groups enlarge their base. Full Story

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