Nepal Earthquake: Impression from Ground Zero by Mr. Zacharias Tjäder, currently visiting Research Associate at BIPSS from Sweden, former military (ranger specialist) and trained crisis and conflict manager with past experience in SAR(Search and Rescue Operations).
Splinter Terrorist Groups: Emerging Trends Of Terrorism In Bangladesh, Special Report, September 2013
Innovative new tactics have always been a tool of survival or expansion for terrorist groups all over the world. Activities of extremist/ terrorist groups in Bangladesh now appear to be following a new pattern. It seems that the older strategy of bigger group, rapid expansion of network and spectacular terrorist acts to capture immediate media and public attention has been abandoned for the time being due to its failure. Such tactics have also been excluded keeping in mind the strong reaction from the security apparatus and the negative public sentiments towards terrorism.
The rise of rather smaller groups in disguise of various activities gives a new impression about the emerging trend. Police in Bangladesh recently unearthed activities of a small group named ‘Ansarullah Bangla Team’ (Volunteer of Allah Bangla Team). Their leader Mohammad Jasimuddin Rahmani was arrested with 30 of his followers on 15th August 2013. On the previous day police recovered huge volume of Jihadist literature, documents and list of persons to be killed through terror attacks. Similar recoveries along with some small arms were made on 24th of the same month in Barisal districts.Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) predicted, in its previous publication,this emergence of splinter extremist/ terrorist groups. Read More......
BDR Mutiny Security Implications For Bangladesh And The Region, Special Report
As the 36-hour long bloody mutiny by a number of the Bangladesh Rifles (paramilitary force in the country) personnel, who happened to be known as the ‘ever-vigilantsentinels of the border’, at its headquarters in Dhaka drew to a conclusion, along it took the lives of 56 officers, with 7 missing and a number of by-stander casualty. Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawans (soldiers), who are entrusted with the duty to safeguard the border of the country, staged a mutiny on the 25 February 2009, the second day of the yearly occasion "BDR Week" which was earlier (24 February 2009) inaugurated by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. More than a thousand BDR soldiers mutinied, took over the BDR headquarters, sprayed bullets in the Darbar (BDR’s yearly gathering/ meeting) to kill senior BDR officers (who are on deputation from Bangladesh Army) and held their families as hostage. By the second day (26 February 2009) the so called “Rebellion” spread over to 12 other towns and cities across the country. Though the mutiny crumbled on 26 February (2009) in the face of a fear of using military force, it cost the lives of innocent military officers including BDR Director General, Major General Shakil Ahmed, and his wife, invoked lament among the families of the victims and left the country in a disarray. Read more ...
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