Yesterday, the Police announced that six Bangladeshi nationals have been charged in court for providing or collecting property for terrorist purposes. These six, which were part of a group of 8 Bangladeshis detained under the ISA, are the first to be prosecuted under the Terrorism (Suppression of Financing) Act.

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This follows from news just earlier this month that 8 Bangladeshi men were planning to stage terror attacks back in their home country. The group called themselves the Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB) and were hoping to join ISIS and fight in Syria and Iraq. But because it was difficult to travel to the Middle East, they had decided to topple the Bangladeshi government and form an Islamic State there as well.

The group had been set up in March 2016 by Rahman Mizanur, a 31 year old S-Pass holder. He was joined by 7 other Bangladeshi foreign workers, whom were working in the construction and marine industries. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the group had gotten hold of documents on weapons and bomb making and had identified targets in Bangladesh. They had also planned to recruit more Bangladeshi nationals to join their group.

 

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