Although most of the militant bigwigs were killed during the massive anti-militant drives across the country following the deadly Holey Artisan attack, intelligence suspects that the old JMB may try to regroup, targeting August, the upcoming month of mourning.
They might also have plans to carry out militant attacks targeting Eid-ul-Azha.However, senior police officers, especially those engaged in combating militants’ claim, at present no militant organization has enough strength to carry out any deadly terror attack in the country.
Taking to the Bangladesh Post, Additional Deputy Inspector General (Intelligence and Special Affairs), Md. Moniruzzaman said, “ Police have no any specific information of militant threats. But we always remain alert so that no single militant attack can be carried out by the terrorists.”
According to sources in the government, intelligence agencies have recently issued a special warning on the basis of past incidents.
The nation witnessed several militants attacks in the mourning month of August, like the deadly grenade attack on the then opposition leader, now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina on August 21, 2004, which killed 24 people.
Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh, or JMB, carried out countrywide bomb explosions in 63 districts on August 17, 2005, and planned an attack for August 15, the national day of mourning, which was later foiled.
This year, Eid ul Azha will be celebrated either on August 21 or 22 . Keeping the religious festival in focus, law enforcers are maintaining extra caution.
An officer of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit on condition of anonymity said , “ Out of the three notorious militant outfits of the country, the networks of the Neo JMB, which carried out the Holy Artisan attack , have been totally demolished . They have no capability to carry out a new attack at present.”
He however said, “ We are suspecting that the old JMB, led by fugitive Salahuddin Salehin and Mizanur Rahman, is trying to stage a comeback by launching a large scale militant attack.”
CTTC officials are suspecting that the old JMB leaders have instructed their members to carry out hijacking and robberies across the country, in a bid to raise funds, especially in Dhaka and Northern part of the country.
On June 11 , old JMB members killed a progressive liberal writer Shahjahan Bachchu in Munshiganj.
Meanwhile, law enforcers are also worried about expelled army major, Ziaul Huq, a follower of Al Qaeda affiliate, Ansar al Islam.
A few close aides of Ziaul Huq, arrested by police, have revealed that instead of carrying out new attacks, the objective is to form a strong organizational base.
Law enforcers say, they have managed to control militancy, but not uproot it. For this reason, they want to be alert at all times.
There’s no reason for the public to feel any panic, they assured.