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New jihadi outfit sneaking into Assam

BY OUR STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Feb 18: Security agencies in Assam have expressed concern over the floating of a new terror outfit med New Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (NJMB), an offshoot of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

Top police sources informed that 3-4 young NJMB cadres have sneaked into Assam and West Bengal. Though the input is yet to be verified, it is suspected that they might function as sleeper cells, lying dormant until activated for nefarious activities. Sources further stated that the NJMB has been formed with young tech-savvy members having the latest skills.   

The JMB is an Islamic fundamentalist organization operating in Bangladesh. It was founded in April 1998 in Palampur in Dhaka division. The organisation was officially banned by the government of Bangladesh in February 2005 after a series of attacks on NGOs.

The JMB was believed to have contained at least 10,000 members in an extensive network, including connections to legal Islamist organizations. Its objective is to replace the government in Bangladesh with an Islamic State based on Sharia.

Meanwhile, all districts in Assam have been put on alert following the suspected infiltration NJMB operatives entering the State.  

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