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Assam: Member of Al-Qaeda linked terror outfit apprehended in Dhubri

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Guwahati, Aug 05: Continuing their crackdown against Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), Assam Police on Saturday apprehended an active member of ABT near Bangladesh border in Assam’s Dhubri.

The accused identified as Abdus Sukur Ali is a resident of Takimari near the Bangladesh border.

He was apprehended on Saturday morning from a remote area called Nayeralga under Bilasipara Police Station.

ABT is an Islamic Terrorist organization which has been spreading communal hatred against Hindus and recruits Muslim youth to their organisation.

Taking to tweeter, which is now known as X, Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote, “A member of the Ansarullah Bangla Team ( ABT ) module, Abdus Sukur Ali, son of Akbar Ali from Takiamari near the Bangladesh border was apprehended early this morning from a remote area called Nayeralga under Bilasipara police station by a team led by Dhubri police.”

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“The Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) affiliated with al Qaeda (is) allegedly involved in anti- India activities. Interrogation of Abdus Sukur Ali is on,” Dhubri SP Navin Singh said.

“Based on specific information from earlier arrested Ansarullah team members, the trio’s names emerged. During the investigation of the beginning stage, police got an information that the suspected detained ABT members had a financial transaction history with the earlier arrested ABT members, from Barpeta, Goalpara, Morigaon, Dhubri and more districts including other states,” he added.

Remarkably, in April 2023, in a search operation, Assam Police had arrested three alleged members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) in the Dhubri district.

”Police have doubts that the detainee may have connections with other active ABT members who are hiding out in other states of India,” Navin Singh said.

The Ansarullah Bangla Team, also called Ansar Bangla, is an Islamic terrorist organization in Bangladesh, implicated in crimes including some brutal attacks and murders of atheist bloggers from 2013 to 2015.

Dhubri is 233 kilometers from Guwahati. Bilasipara police station is 34 kilometers from Dhubri district headquarters.

The Dhubri district has the longest International Border in Assam. The length of India-Bangladesh international border in Dhubri district is about 134 kilometers.

Also read: Assam: One detained in Guwahati in connection with Bajrang Dal’s arms training

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