Wednesday, April 24

UK citizen held in Dhaka for link with Syrian militants


The Bangladesh origin man came to recruit jihadists 6 months ago, say detectives

News Desk: Detectives bring Samiun Rahman alias Ibn Hamdan before media at their headquarters after arresting him from Kamalapur in Dhaka. Saimun, a Bangladesh origin British citizen, who fought against Assad government in Syria six months after he came here to recruit jihadists for Syrian militant groups, detectives say. Photo: Palash Khan

A Bangladesh origin British citizen, who fought against the Assad government in Syria, has been held at Kamalapur in Dhaka today, six months after he flew in to recruit jihadists for Syrian militant groups, detectives say.

Samiun Rahman alias Ibn Hamdan was arrested following information gleaned from some people arrested recently over alleged links with militancy, said Monirul Islam, joint commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, at a press briefing.

Samiun came to Dhaka in February to recruit jihadists from Bangladesh and Myanmar, Islam claimed.

Using information and communication technology and social networking websites including Facebook, he communicated with the people who are interested to join militants in Syria, according to the police joint commissioner.

Samiun promised that he would take the interested Bangladeshis to different parts of Syria where several militant groups including Islamic State, al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front raised jihad, Monirul told the reporters.

“From his passport we came to know that he went to Syria in September last year and took part in the demonstration against Bashar al- Assad,” the DMP spokesperson said.

“He also went to Morocco and Mauritania but we are yet to know the reason behind his trips,” he added.

In this September 25 Star photo, five suspected militants, including sons of a senior bureaucrat and a former judge, are produced before journalists, a day after detectives detained them in the capital.

In this September 25 Star photo, five suspected militants, including sons of a senior bureaucrat and a former judge, are produced before journalists, a day after detectives detained them in the capital.

Samiun served jail in Britain for few days for taking excessive alcohol where he decided to join the jihadists fighting for Islam, Monirul said.

Asked whether he is an IS member, Samiun replied in English, “I am not an IS member. To know more about me contact with the UK embassy.”