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Militants Plot to Strike

8 Bangladeshis held in Singapore, 5 in Dhaka

8 Bangladeshis held in Singapore, 5 in Dhaka
(Top row L-R:) Shariful Islam, Md Nurul Islam Sowdagar, Sohag Ibrahim and Daulat Zaman. (bottom row L-R:) Sohel Hawlader, Mizanur Rahman, Rubel Miah and Liakat Ali Mamun.

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Eight Bangladeshi men were arrested in Singapore for plotting to launch terror attacks, including assassinations, back home, the home ministry of Singapore announced on Tuesday.
The men, aged 26 to 34, were working in Singapore’s construction and marine industries.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police arrested five Bangladeshi expatriates, who were deported from Singapore for their alleged link to militancy, in the city’s Banasree area on Tuesday morning. Members of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of DMP made the arrest after they were alerted by the authorities in Singapore.
In Singapore, the eight men arrested under the Internal Security Act in April were part of a group called the ‘Islamic State in Bangladesh’ and had originally planned to go to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) group. However, they decided to establish an IS rule in Bangladesh itself, for which they had planned to topple the government, according to the Straits Times, a Singapore daily.
“They were members of a clandestine group set up by Mizanur Rahman in March 2016 in Singapore, which he called the ‘Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB),” the ministry said in the statement.
It described Mizanur, 31, as the holder of a skilled worker’s pass while the seven others were lower-tier work permit holders. All were employed in the construction and marine industries.
The seven other arrestees are Liakat Ali Mamun, 29, Sohag Ibrahim, 27, Rubel Miah, 26, Daulat Zaman, 34, Shariful Islam, 27, Md Jabath Kysar Haji Norul Islam Sowdagar, 30, and Sohel Hawlader Ismail Hawlader, 29. A document titled ‘We Need For Jihad Fight’ was recovered from Mizanur Rahman, which contained a list of Bangladeshi government and military officials who could be targeted, the ministry said. The list included ‘media people’ and ‘disbelievers’.
Mizanur also possessed documents on weapons and bomb making, as well as a significant amount of IS and Al-Qaeda radical material which he used to recruit ISB members in Singapore from January 2016.
The group had planned to recruit more Bangladeshi workers in Singapore and raised money to buy weapons to carry out attacks back home. The ministry said the money had been seized.
The group’s leader Mizanur also told investigators that he would carry out attacks anywhere in the world if instructed to do so by IS.
But there were no specific indications that Singapore had been selected as a target, the ministry said.
In Dhaka, five Bangladeshi expatriates — Md Mizanur Rahman alias Galib Hasan, 38, Md Raha Miah Pilot, 29, Md Alamgir Hossain, 31, Md Tanjibul Islam, 24, and Md Masud Rana, 31 — were arrested, as the authorities in Singapore informed Bangladesh after the deportation. The five were deported from Singapore on Thursday last.
“We brought them under our surveillance soon after they arrived in Dhaka. We arrested them on Tuesday morning,” said Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit chief Monirul Islam at a press briefing in the city, reports UNB.
He said Singaporean had arrested 13 Bangladeshis for their alleged link to militancy. After interrogation, they deported five of them on April 28 while the rest were being grilled by the law enforcers in Singapore.
Replying to a query, he said the Bangladeshi workers were arrested in Singapore as they allegedly invited others to join militancy. “We’re investigating the matter. The detained five Bangladeshi workers went to Singapore between 2007 and 2014. We haven’t found any evidence that they had been involved in militancy here before they left for Singapore.”
The five arrestees will be produced before a court today, he added.