‘Syrian-American funding Neo-JMB’

Staff Correspondent

3 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

A Syrian-origin US citizen is funding banned militant outfit Neo-JMB in Bangladesh, claims an official of a specialised police unit.

Mohammad Saiful Islam, deputy commissioner of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), on Wednesday said they have found the evidence of militant financing against the US national.

“Some transactions have been made and we’re scrutinising the matter.” he told the Daily Sun, declining to disclose the identity of the financer for the sake of investigation.

The matter came to the fore following the arrest of a top Neo-JMB leader in the capital.

A CTTC team arrested Shibbir Ahmed from East Basabo in Sabujbagh on August 27.

Sources at the CTTC said the US citizen sent several thousand US dollars through the bank accounts of Shibbir for running the organisational activities of the outfit.

The CTTC has identified the US citizen with the help of Bangladesh Bank and is taking help of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to arrest him, the sources said.

Saiful said they also found the proof of Shibbir’s connections with some citizens of different countries, including the US, the Philippines,Indonesia, France and Afghanistan. “We’re gathering information about them.”

Shibbir who joined the Neo-JMB in 2015 had good ties with its Ameer Abu Musa, who was killed in an anti-militant drive in Moulvibazar in 2017. He started to revamp the outfit from 2018 collecting funds from its followers.