‘Wolf packs’ continue to bother law enforcers

Nuruzzaman Labu
Published : 00:13, Aug 14, 2019 | Updated : 00:17, Aug 14, 2019

After arresting a ‘wolf pack’ of the IS tilting Neo-JMB, the law enforcers in the country are a bit concerned. They feel that if people are self- radicalized and then united for a militant act, prevention will be tough.
A recently released video by radicals on their propaganda channel At-Tamkin warns of imminent attacks on Hindu-Buddhists and heretics.
Officials of Counter Terrorism and Trans-National Crime Unit, CTTC, say: “The ‘wolf pack’ strategy is new in Bangladesh and there may be several such groups.”
They also exploded simultaneous bombs in four places this year, added experts.
On Friday, additional commissioner of DMP, Monirul Islam, observed: “After Holey Artisan, we smashed the militant network but since many such elements operate and exist in isolation, there may be some sleeper cells.”
Efforts are underway to bring them to justice, he added.
“Through propagating the militant doctrine and dogma, they are active in cyber space.”
Cornered for three years, radicals are trying to re-emerge and the signs were seen through four explosions of IEDs (improvised explosive device) near police outposts and vehicles.
There is news that in the last few months, several young people left homes to pursue ‘Hijrat’ at the call of militants.
The attack on a mosque in Christchurch in March and IS attack in Sri Lanka have motivated extremists and the newly formed New JMB may be trying to collect weapons in Bangladesh, feel experts.
To forestall any attack by militants, security has been ramped up during Eid ul Azha.
There is also belief that the Kashmir issue may be used as a fuel to unleash mayhem.
Deputy commissioner of CTTC, Mohamamd Saiful Islam, adds: “The radicals do not have the ability to carry out big attacks and we are trying to bring to justice small groups that are trying to organise.”
The new militant video comes under the title Islamic State of Bengal. The video, made in Bengali, targets the as the main enemy.
In the video, the men were seen carrying sophisticated weapons and wearing suicide vests.
The Bengali pronunciation of the speaker has an accent from the northern part of Bangladesh, said a CTTC official, adding: “We do not know if this was made here or in another country.”
“To inflate their weapons capacity, militants often mix old videos with recent incidents to lure new recruits and show their strength.”
The video in question is being scrutinized to see if it is a doctored production.