Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal

Law enforcement agencies on alert for militant activities: Home Minister

MNA Editorial Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said that the country’s law enforcement agencies have established great control over militants but are yet to completely rout them out.

“Their (militants’) existence is now limited to scattered small cells in different areas. They have no activity now.

“Sometimes they try to do things to make their presence felt. But law enforcement agencies are alert regarding such activities,” he said.

The minister made the remarks talking to the media at his office in Dhaka on Tuesday afternoon.

He said the government can’t take any chances on this issue. Security forces, including Police and RAB, have been told to remain vigilant with Eid-ul-Azha coming up.

Our intelligence teams are also working on this, he added.

Asked about the raids on private hospitals for crimes such as issuing fake Covid-19 certificates, he said: “The raids will continue if there are irregularities at hospitals.”

On Monday, police received intelligence that the Neo-JMB aligned with Islamic State (IS) ideology, could try to carry out attacks in Bangladesh ahead of Eid.

Police headquarters (PHQ) has warned all police units to take strict security measures across the country.

A letter was recently sent out from police headquarters with these warnings and other instructions.

According to PHQ sources, intelligence and a review of the national-global context indicates that the IS took an initiative to declare a new wing, “Bengal Ulayat,” ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha.

Analyzing trends in international and regional events, it seems like “Bengal Ulayat” will be declared through a major terrorist attack.

In light of this, Neo-JMB, an ultra-radical offshoot of the banned militant outfit, Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and indigenous followers of IS, can carry out subversive activities, including assassinations, bombings, and other forms of attacks.

All police units must take appropriate precautions and appropriate security measures, the PHQ instructed.

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