Updated: August 13, 2016 8:19:41 am
A two-member team of investigators from Bangladesh’s elite anti-terror agency Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) will reach Kolkata on Saturday to gather leads in its probe into the terror attack at Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery in July. According to sources, the two officials from Bangladesh will interrogate arrested Islamic State (IS) operative Masiuddin alias Abu al-Musa, who has told interrogators he was in touch with Mohammed Suleiman of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
“An SP and a junior officer from Bangladesh will be reaching India to interrogate Musa, to gather information on JMB operatives, as part of their probe into the Dhaka attack,” said a source. Birbhum resident Musa, 25, was arrested from Burdwan railway station by Bengal Police on July 6, based on inputs from the Intelligence Bureau and National Investigation Agency (NIA). During interrogation by the state police, intelligence agencies and NIA, Musa revealed the IS’s plan for a formal announcement of its arrival in India with a signature video of a brutal murder.
Musa said he had been instructed to behead a Hindu man, rape the man’s companion, make videos of both attacks and send them to his handler across the border in Bangladesh. The video of the beheading was to be sent to the IS in Syria, to be released on the Internet by the communications wing of the terrorist organisation, along with a formal announcement of the establishment of the‘’caliphate’ in India.
Musa told interrogators his handler first identified himself as Jihadi John, the British Arab man seen in several IS beheading videos, but was actually Mohammed Suleiman of the JMB. Suleiman asked Musa to chose non-Muslim (kafir) targets, behead them, and record it.
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In March last year, during the wedding of his younger brother in Birbhum, Musa met “Jihadi John”, who revealed himself to be Mohammed Suleiman of the JMB. Suleiman informed Musa that JMB had split on the issue of backing the IS, and sought Musa’s help to get a ration card. He also encouraged Musa to work for the IS in India, if he was not able to reach Syria, the interrogation has revealed.
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