Bangladesh Deradicalisation Programme: 9 militants surrender to return to normal life

The Daily Star, January 15, 2021 Nine militants, who had previously severed ties with their families and the society, have decided to return to normal lives, thanks to counselling they received under Rab supervision for between two and six months. They surrendered to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and Inspector General of Police Benazir Ahmed yesterday. As part of a new initiative, Rab deradicalised them and reintegrated them into the society.The nine people include engineer Shawon Muntaha Ibne Shawkat, 34, a young man from Sylhet, and his wife Nusrat Ali…

Why even Indian origin strains of Islam are likely to give way to Radicalism in Bangladesh?

New Age Islam November 06, 2020 Since its inception, Bangladesh has got a great adherence to the syncretic Indian-origin Islamic heritage with its inherent inclusivism as an integral part of identity for the Bengali Muslims. Most Muslim denominations in Bangladesh—Deobandis, Barelwis & Sunni-Sufis who are around 96%—have their centrality in India. But what has happened recently that even these Indian-origin strains are likely to give way to radical Islamist streams? In the case of the Vienna terror incident, the Austrian police has detained 14 youths including the two young Bangladeshi…

Growing Trends of Female ‘Jihadism’ in Bangladesh

By Nazneen Mohsina of RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses   Volume 9, Issue 8 |  August 2017 In recent months, Bangladesh has witnessed an upsurge of female participation in „jihadist‟ groups in diversified roles. Since the ISdirected Holey Artisan Bakery attack in July 2016, Bangladeshi militant groups have become more assertive and violent. At the same time, they have also developed a transnational outlook and linkages. The  role of female Bangladeshi „jihadists‟ have evolved from passive to active and from peripheral to central as suicide bombers and combatants. This change…

Global Threat Forecast : South Asia :Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India

By Abdul Basit , Sara Mahmood, Iftekharul Bashar , Mohammed Sinan Siyech and Teertha Samal of RSIS Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses Volume 10, Issue 1 |  January 2018 Introduction  South Asia, along with the Middle East and Africa, were among the most affected regions by terrorism in 2017. The worst hit were Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the face of the rapidly changing situation in the Middle East, particularly the defeat of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group, the South Asian threat landscape has evolved continuously. In addition to the lingering…