Bangladesh bans militant group campaigning for caliphate

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Dhaka – The Bangladesh government has banned a home-grown Islamist militant group that advocates for replacing the country’ democracy with Sharia law.

The Ministry Home Affairs said on Wednesday that it imposed the ban on the outfit called Allar Dal (Party of Allah) because its activities pose a threat to safety.

“All activities this group are banned because they constitute a threat to order, peace and stability in Bangladesh,” a ministry statement said.

Security officials said the group had engaged in recruiting militants since its foundation in 1995 with the goal establishing a caliphate – a state governed in accordance with Islamic law.

Many its suspected members have been detained in recent months, they said.

Intelligence agencies have been asked to examine the activities of six other Islamic organisations to see whether they will be banned, Home Asaduzzaman Khan said earlier this month.

Bangladesh has previously banned several Islamic outfits blamed for carrying out deadly terrorist attacks.

The South Asian country witnessed a wave of attacks claimed by Islamic State and al-Qaeda or their local agents on academics, secularist bloggers, nationals, priests, rights activists and people of faiths in 2015 and 2016.

The security forces killed more than 100 suspects in anti-militant raids launched in response to those attacks.