Source: News Bharati English18 Jun 2016 16:22:57
Dhaka, June 18: During a mishap between Islamist associates of a teenage boy linked to group Hizb ut-Tahrir terror group and Bangladesh police, the teenage militant was shot dead. Golam Faizullah Fahim aged 19 was in police custody for questing for attacking a Hindu teacher.
He was killed when police officers came under attack in a farmland area after taking him to a river in search of his Islamist associates. Faizullah was caught by locals in Madaripur on Wednesday after he and two other suspected Islamists attacked and wounded 50-year-old mathematics lecturer Ripon Chakrabarti who was a Hindu.
“Miscreants fired at the police van as we came near a jute farm. A gunfight ensued. After the gunfight we saw Fahim was shot and wounded. He died after we brought him to a hospital,” Sarwar Hossain, police chief of Madaripur said. The attack was the latest in a wave of brutal assaults on secular activists, writers and religious minorities by suspected Islamist militants.
Police later told reporters Fahim was a college student and was a member of banned Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir. Hizb ut-Tahrir (Party of Liberation) is an international group which wants to combine all Muslim countries in a unitary Islamic state. The group is outlawed in several countries, including Bangladesh.
Six suspected Islamist militants have now been shot dead since Bangladesh launched a nationwide crackdown on local jihadist groups in the wake of a spike in murders of secular activists and religious minorities. The drive has seen more than 11,000 people including 194 militants arrested over the past week despite widespread criticism by local and international human rights groups.
Nearly 50 people have been killed over the last three years in a wave of gruesome murders targeting Hindus, Christians, Sufi Muslims, secular activists and foreigners, with most blamed on or claimed by Islamist militants. Many of the victims were hacked to death with machetes.