Mark Collins – ISIS Massacre in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Possible Canadian Link?

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One hopes Canadian authorities, such as the RCMP and CSIS, are following up assiduously on any possible Canadian angle to the horrific attack.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


6 thoughts on “Mark Collins – ISIS Massacre in Dhaka, Bangladesh: Possible Canadian Link?”

  1. Globe and Mail July 2:

    ‘Bangladeshi terror group affiliated with IS reportedly led by Canadian

    Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for the attack in Dhaka, but authorities are still investigating who led the hostage-taking that resulted in at least 20 deaths.

    One of the likely suspects: a terrorist group in Bangladesh that is affiliated with IS and is reportedly led by a Canadian.

    Tamim Chowdhury, who goes by Shaykh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif, is a Bangladeshi-Canadian who is leading a militant arm with close ties to Islamic State, according to the Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star.

    Mr. Chowdhury is also connected with an IS study group, which cited him as the leader of the Bangladeshi IS effort. In the April issue of Daqbi, a glossy magazine published by Islamic State, Mr. Chowdhury called for a united country free of “deviant sects, who are busy misleading the masses.” The magazine identified Mr. Chowdhury as the “emir,” or ruler, of its Bangladesh branch.

    “I know that he’s from Windsor,” said Amarnath Amarasingam, a post-doctoral fellow in the Resilience Research Centre at Dalhousie University who specializes in radicalization and terrorism. “I know he’s the head of the ISIS group, or at least a pro-ISIS group, in Bangladesh.”

    Mr. Amarasingam said Mr. Chowdhury’s name came up repeatedly during his research in the community…’

    Plus more on ISIS going global at the NYT:

    Mark Collins

  2. Not evident that detained Canadian has any link to Tamim Chowdhury–note denial of ISIS direction:

    ‘Canadian among 5 detained over Bangladesh hostage crisis

    An official involved in the investigation gave no other details about those held, but said authorities were looking into their backgrounds and questioning their family and friends as well…

    An official involved in the investigation said authorities were still holding five of the 13 people rescued Saturday morning when commandos stormed the restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone, killing six of the attackers and capturing one.

    Those detained include a man who’s a Canadian citizen of Bangladeshi origin, as well as a Bangladesh-born British citizen, he said on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to speak to media about the ongoing probe.

    The Canadian returned home only the day before the attack and went to the restaurant with his two female friends, the English-language Daily Star newspaper reported…

    Bangladesh police have said they are investigating whether the attackers had links with the extremist Sunni Muslim group based in Syria and Iraq. But the home minister insisted Daesh could not have guided the attack from abroad, as he said it has no presence in Bangladesh [really?].

    Instead, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government says the attacks are being carried out by domestic militants bent on imposing Islamic rule, and blames the political opposition of backing the attacks in order to create chaos in the country…”

    Mark Collins

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