Security Forces in Bangladesh Arrest Two Extremists Seeking to Kill Christian Converts

ICC Note: Security forces in Bangladesh have arrested two members of a banned extremist organization who were planning to murder Muslim converts to Christianity. Muslims who convert to Christianity are often treated harshly by extremists with several Bangladeshi citizens killed in targeted attacks in recent years.

02/15/2018 Bangladesh (Dhaka Tribune) – Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) has arrested two members of banned militant outfit Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Dhaka, one of whom was planning to murder Muslims who converted to Christianity.

A RAB 2 team, acting on a tip-off, caught Nuruzzaman Labu, 39, of Jhenaidah, and Nazmul Islam Shaon, 26, from Tejgaon industrial zone on Monday night.

Two machetes, extremist literature and $724 (about Tk60,300) were also seized from them, said RAB 2 Commander Lt Col Anwar Uz Zaman.

“During preliminary questioning, both of them have admitted to being active JMB members. We are trying to catch their associates,” he said.

Sources from RAB said Labu also admitted that he was involved with Jamaat-e-Islami several years ago. He was a madrasa student, but did not finish his studies.

Until Monday, he drove an auto-rickshaw to run reconnaissance on people who converted from Islam to Christianity.

A RAB official said: “During interrogation, Labu said he already had targeted a man to murder. He has been following that man regularly.

“Labu is also a regional leader of JMB at Jhenaidah and an expert in making bombs.”

The official said Labu joined JMB in 2015 through two men named Saif and Sagar, both of whom also went by several aliases such as Rubel, Robin, Maruf and Sohag.

Saif had motivated him into attacking and killing “the infidels”. They also had held secret meetings with others at different places in Jhenaidah. Later, the local JMB unit had bought him the auto-rickshaw.

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