POST TIME: 4 November, 2019 09:09:31 AM
IS in Bangladesh pledge allegiance to new leader

IS in Bangladesh pledge allegiance to new leader

Members of the suspected Bangladesh chapter of Islamic States (IS) welcomed the new leader of IS, Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, reports Site Intel Group. Site Intel Group is an American company that tracks online activities of white supremacist and jihadist organizations.

A twitter message of Site Intel Group reads: “IS Fighters in Bangladesh Pledge to New Group ‘Caliph’ Abu Ibrahim.”

The move marked the first show of support from its international networks as militants from Egypt’s Sinai also vowed to obey the new IS leader, The New York Times reports.

A few pictures were released by Nasher news, a media outlet that carries the militant group’s news releases, on Saturday. The pictures revealed several militants, allegedly from Bangladesh, standing under the group's black flag. With their faces covered, they had their index fingers raised to pledge allegiance to the new leader.

Rita Katz, co-founder of the Search International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Intelligence Group, in a twitter post said: “As pledges to the new #ISIS leader have flooded the group’s venues, interesting that 2nd ISIS’ official report features fighters from Bangladesh, as they pledge to the new leader (sic).” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a raid by the US special forces on October 26 in northwestern Syria. He was buried in the sea within 24 hours. The group confirmed his death in an audio tape posted online.

In that tape, the IS said a successor, identified as Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Quraishi, had already been appointed.

The Bangladesh government and law enforcement agencies have time and again denied the presence of IS militants in the country. Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and security agencies have repeatedly said homegrown militants were responsible for the recent militant attacks in Bangladesh.

While the government has often attributed terrorist violence to local militants, IS have claimed responsibilities for several attacks in Bangladesh since 2015, stated the Country Report on Terrorism in 2018, released by the US department of state on November 1.