militants conspire of fresh attacks
Islamist militants in
Bangladesh are now conspiring fresher offensives during
the month of September. This time, they are targeting
Hindu temples and have fixed at least five of such spots
in the country, where these notorious groups would
explode either powerful grenades or remote control bombs
with the ulterior motive of causing serious casualties.
According to information, some of the members of these
groups are already active within the targeted temples to
finalize their blue prints. It may be mentioned here
that the biggest religious festival of Hindus, Durga
Puja will be celebrated in the country during the
last week of September. It is also learnt that the same
groups are also planning to blow up at least two Holy
Muslim Shrines in Bangladesh on the previous night of
Lailatul Barat, an auspicious night to be
celebrated in mid September.
Last year on
17th August, Islamist militancy group
Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) exploded time
bombs in 63 districts in the country. Later the same
group made several attacks on the lives of innocent
people around the country. Later, government
successfully arrested several ring leaders of the
notorious Islamist group, who are now in prison facing
series of cases. In one of the cases, they had already
been awarded death penalty.
Meanwhile, some of the
hidden members of JMB are secretly getting organized
under the garb of different groups and organizations.
Another source confirms Blitz that, Lebanese notorious
group Hezbollah has also established its branch in
Bangladesh under the direct patronization of Iranian
government. This group, although till now claiming to be
non-militant, are reportedly getting its members trained
in different offensive tactics as well guerilla warfare.
Iranian embassy in Dhaka are sponsoring the travel and
training costs of these people. On condition of
anonymity, a source in Hezbollah-Bangladesh told Blitz
that, secretly some members of the organization are
selected and recruited for notorious offensives
including suicide attacks. They also have recruited at
least 200 females for such activities. “We do not only
look for dedicated pious women for our activities”, the
source said. “We are even recruiting some prostitutes
for using them in another project named ‘infiltration’.
Generally such prostitutes are from middle age groups
and are now given training on Arabic language and
several motivations to allure the targets”. According to
the source, prior to sending the members of female
brigades of the group to targeted countries in the
Middle East and Europe, HIV virus would be injected in
their bodies. They will mix in the targeted societies to
spread the germs in the ‘enemy societies’. Female
members of Hezbollah-Bangladesh are also given
comprehensive training on the use of different arms of
arms and explosives. In case of necessity, they would
perform the responsibilities of suicide bomb attackers.
Another extremist group
named Hizbut Tahrir, which is originally operated by
Omar Bakri from Lebanon, is also becoming increasingly
active in Bangladesh. This organization openly opposes
democracy, saying it is a practice of Satan.
Although Bangladesh government has specific evidence of
such anti democracy activities of Hizbut Tahrir, no
action had yet been taken against them for reason
A source in country’s
intelligence group told Blitz that they were already
aware of fresher offensive plans of notorious Islamist
groups. “We are taking all possible measures to foil
such conspiracy”, the source said. Commenting on the
alleged conspiracy of attacking Hindu temples during
Durga Puja, the intelligence source said, Bangladesh
government will constantly monitor this issue with the
goal of ensuring total security to the members of
religious minority in celebrating their holy festivals.
The source further said, different surveillance measures
will be applied on Hindu temples as well Muslim shrines
to ensure security.
Commenting on the
conspiracy of Islamist militants, a retired defense
official and analyst told Weekly Blitz that, next few
weeks will be extremely important and sensitive for the
ruling government as any small incident would even cause
maximum damage to their image and would leave extreme
negative impact during the general election in 2007.
“This is not a simple matter although, but the
government will possibly try its best to succeed such
challenge”, the analyst said.
Talking to Blitz, a
diplomat in Dhaka said, after the declaration of
Ershad’s Jatiyo Party to join four party alliances,
result of the next general election is easily
anticipated to be in favor of BNP. In this case, the
main opposition and its partners would surely try their
best to create anarchy in the country to foil the
election. Such a negative attitude of the main
opposition would also be extremely helpful to Islamist