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Central agencies bust Bangladeshi terror module with Al Qaeda connections, 23 terrorists arrested so far

Source : Times Now

Central agencies bust Bangladeshi terror module with Al Qaeda connections, 23 terrorists arrested so far
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Central investigation agencies have busted a Bangladeshi terror module with Al Qaeda connections, who were active in India. According to the information accessed by Times Now, 23 terrorists have been arrested so far in connection with the module.

According to the initial information, the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) was under the radar of the security forces since 2012 after they started attacking liberals in Bangladesh who did not align with the radical Islamic views of the organization.

Police records reveal that the group started spreading wings in India post-2017 when Bangladeshi security agencies came down heavily on the members and arrested several of its top leaders. The group started mirroring Al Qaeda’s (AQ) modus operandi after they formed an alliance with the outfit in 2017 and Ziaul Haque took over as its chief. Haque, who is still the current Amir of the group is absconding and has been awarded the death sentence in absentia.

Organizational hierarchy mirrors Al Qaeda

A total of 23 ABT-related cadres have been arrested so far in the states of Assam (13), Madhya Pradesh (6), Tripura (3, also arrested by Assam Police), and West Bengal (1). The organizational hierarchy of the group is the same as Al Qaeda and Haque has departmentalized the operation of the group on the basis of the AQ model.

In a bid to maintain the secrecy of the operations, all departments are ‘air-gapped’ from each other. Each department has a specific operational role and departments have been compartmentalized to a large extent. Individual models within departments have been further compartmentalized based on the operational mandate/ geographical presence/ leadership, the police records show.The tools, techniques implemented and the terror modules of the ABT have hallmarks of the Al Qaeda model. While the full-time members of the group are known as Ikhwa, the overground workers (OGWs) are known as Madu.

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