One Held for Pro IS Campaign in Bangladesh


Dhaka: Police have arrested a person in Dhaka for allegedly conducting propaganda supporting Islamic State on the internet using the pseudonym ‘Jihadi John’.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesperson Muntasirul Islam told that one Nahid Hossain was arrested from the capital’s Badda area on Tuesday night.

The police deputy commissioner did not provide any details on whether Hossain actually had contacts with the radical group. Details will be provided at a media briefing later on Wednesday, he said.

British IS leader Jihadi John, whose real name is Mohammed Emwazi, lived in London but hails from Kuwait. He is believed to have travelled to Syria in 2012 and later joined the IS there.

Born in Kuwait in 1988, he moved to the UK in 1994 with his parents, when he was six years old, according to the BBC. He later appeared in several videos released by the IS about the killing of American and British hostages.

The Bangladesh government has been maintaining that there is no presence of IS in Bangladesh. But after arrests of suspected militants, the police say they have found them related with the radical group.

On Tuesday, a Dhaka court indicted four suspected militants, including the ‘IS coordinator in Bangladesh’ under the Anti-Terrorism Act.

The radical group claimed in the latest issue of its online magazine ‘Dabiq’ that it now has a ‘regional leader in Bengal’. ‘Dabiq’ refers to Bangladesh as Bengal in all its articles and posts.

Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal reiterated the government’s stance on IS presence on Tuesday.