Militants forcing wives into militancy, says Bangladesh’s top cop

Monirul Islam, chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit, today said that women are turning towards militancy under pressure from their militant husbands.
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India TV News Desk New Delhi December 27, 2016 19:12 IST

Monirul Islam, chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism unit, today said that women are turning towards militancy under pressure from their militant husbands.

Moinul Islam’s statement comes after local media reports suggested that Bangladesh's new wave of violent extremists, notably the New Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) outfit, are fielding an unprecedented number of female jihadists.

According to The Daily Star, the police came to this conclusion based on information given by the women arrested in recent times following incidents of militancy.

The police said that they are yet to find any evidence that shows women joined "Neo JMB" on their own will.

Terming the incident of a suspected female militant blowing herself up as "exceptional", the CTTC chief said she might have done it "out of frustration".

The female militant suspect Shakira detonated herself during a police raid at a hideout of militant outfit "Neo JMB" in Ashkona of Dhaka's Dakkhin Khan on December 24.

"Neo JMB", an offshoot of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), is inspired by the ideologies of Islamic State.

According to Monirul Islam, Shakira was the wife of Suman, a suspected militant, who according to their family sources was arrested in the past.

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