Govt bans Ansar Al Islam

DHAKA, March 05, 2017 (BSS) - The government today banned Ansar Al Islam, an extremist group which claimed to have carried out clandestine murders of secular activists and bloggers in the past several years.

A home ministry spokesman said an order was issued banning the outfit as "the group is involved in anti-state activities which are contrary to peace and order and a threat to public safety and security in the country".

He said the ban was enforced as members of previously banned Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) regrouped under the banner of Ansar al-Islam.

Ansar-Al-Islam in many occasions claimed its connection with the global militant group al Qaeda, though the law enforcement agencies said that it was a homegrown militant group.

The group earlier claimed responsibility of killing Xulhaz Mannan, a magazine editor and two secular activists Niladri Chattopadhyay and Nazim Uddin Samad.

Ansar-Al-Islam is the seventh militant organizations to be banned so far.

The six others were ABT, Hizb ut-Tahrir, Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Harkatul Jihad Bangladesh (Huji), Jagrata Muslim Janata of Bangladesh and Shahadat-e Al-Hikma.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)