Bangladesh police say top extremist shot dead

Bangladesh security personnel stand guard at the entrance of the special court. (File/AFP)
Updated 06 November 2018
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Bangladesh police say top extremist shot dead

  • Police say Alam emerged after JMB’s old guard was weakened by the execution of its former commander Shaikh Abdur Rahman, and five other top chiefs
  • Bangladesh police launched a massive crackdown on extremists since the cafe siege, killing more than 80 suspected extremists and arresting hundreds more

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Tuesday they had killed the chief of Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an extremist group accused of murdering secular activists and inspiring a cafe siege that killed 22 people.
Khorshed Alam, described as the “emir” of Bangladesh’s deadliest Islamist outfit, was gunned down early Tuesday morning in the northern town of Shibganj, police spokesman Sonaton Chokraborty said.
“He died before we could bring him to hospital,” Chokraborty told AFP of the 38-year-old militant.
Police say Alam emerged after JMB’s old guard was weakened by the execution of its former commander Shaikh Abdur Rahman, and five other top chiefs, in March 2007.
He is accused of masterminding a number of attacks across Muslim-majority Bangladesh, including most recently the murder of atheist writer and publisher Shahzahan Bachchu in the central district of Munshiganj in June.
He also spearheaded a daring ambush on a prison van in 2014 that allowed two senior JMB foot soldiers to escape, police said.
In recent years, a splinter faction inspired by JMB’s earlier leadership grabbed headlines after five of its young members stormed an upmarket Dhaka cafe in July 2016 and murdered 22 people, including 18 foreigners.
Bangladesh police launched a massive crackdown on extremists since the cafe siege, killing more than 80 suspected extremists and arresting hundreds more.
They included the alleged commanders of the new JMB faction.
JMB was founded by Bangladeshi radicals hardened from fighting in the Afghan civil war during the 1990s.
The returning extremists waged a campaign of violence across Bangladesh — a secular democracy — for nearly two decades, targeting religious minorities, foreign aid workers and liberal writers in bomb and knife attacks.


Sweden asks for detention of WikiLeaks’ Assange

Updated 20 May 2019
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Sweden asks for detention of WikiLeaks’ Assange

  • Assange was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up since 2012
  • The Australian secret-spiller also faces a US extradition warrant for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer

COPENHAGEN: A Swedish prosecutor says she has requested a detention order against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is jailed in Britain.
Prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson says if the Swedish court decided to detain Assange “on probable cause suspected for rape ... I will issue a European Arrest Warrant.”
Assange, who was evicted last month from the Ecuadorian Embassy where he had been holed up since 2012, was arrested by British police on April 11 and is currently serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in 2012.
The Australian secret-spiller also faces a US extradition warrant for allegedly conspiring to hack into a Pentagon computer.
Persson said Monday that British authorities will decide any conflict between a European arrest warrant and US extradition request for Assange.