Govt bans Ansar Al Islam

The Interior Ministry banned yesterday the Islamist group Ansar Al Islam, which is said to be the Bangladesh chapter of Al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent, as its activities "already posed a Threat to public safety ".

The Prohibition Circular declared that the activities of the militant organization went against the peace and order in the country.

The radical group was earlier known as the team of Ansarullah Bangla, which was banned on May 25, 2015, for militant and anti-state activities


He is allegedly responsible for the killing of several secular writers, bloggers and online activists and gay rights who criticize religious bigotry.

The victims are Ahmed Rajib Haider (15 February 2013), Avijit Roy (26 February 2015), Oyasiqur Rahman (30 March 2015), Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tonoy 2015), Niladri Chattopadhyay Niloy (7 August 2015), editor Faisal Arefin Dipan (13 October 2015) and Nazim Uddin Samad (6 April 2016)

Ansar Al Islam also claimed the attacks against publisher Ahmedur Rashid Tutul and his two blogging friends on October 13, 2015.

Major (dismissed) Syed M Ziaul Haq, who made headlines in trying to engineer a military coup in 2012, is said to be his military commander.

About 200 trained members are active in the country to execute Ziaul Haq's plans, detectives say based on statements of some of its arrested members.

This group began to gain strength in 2013-14 – especially in the northern regions. It recruits members of the Jama Atul Mujahideen of Bangladesh (JMB), Ahle Hadith, Hefazat-e Islam, various madrasas and financially vulnerable families.

Earlier, five militant outfits were also banned – Hizb ut-Tahrir, JMB, Muslim Jagroto Janata Bangladesh, Shahadat-e Al Hikma and Harkatul Jihad al-Islami

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