ISIS links with Bangladesh ter­ror out­fit ups con­cern for WB, As­sam

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Shishir Gupta shishir.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: The Naren­dra Modi govern­ment has started coun­ter­ing the rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion threat from the Is­lamic State (ISIS) though the group’s links with the Ja­maat-ul-Mu­jahideen Bangladesh (JMB) has led to con­cerns of a pos­si­ble fall­out in the bor­der states of West Ben­gal and As­sam.

The ISIS has claimed sev­eral ter­ror at­tacks in Bangladesh and re­ports have sug­gested it is work­ing with cadres of the JMB, re­spon­si­ble for the Oc­to­ber 2014 blast in Bur­d­wan. JMB cadres have re­port­edly sworn al­le­giance to the so-called “caliphate” of IS chief Abu Bakr al-Bagh­dadi.

There is a height­ened alert over the JMB af­ter the probe into the Bur­d­wan blast showed its cadres had in­fil­trated bor­der states. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, se­cu­rity agen­cies ar­rested 18 peo­ple from West Ben­gal, As­sam and Jhark­hand. No less than 10 ISIS ter­ror strikes have taken place in Bangladesh in the past year, and se­cu­rity agen­cies are con­cerned of a pos­si­ble fall­out in West Ben­gal and As­sam.

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