Source of Al-Qaeda's "Bangladesh message" traced, 1 arrested

February 19, 2014
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DHAKA, Bangladesh – Authorities have tracked down the source of a message purportedly delivered by al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri that surfaced on the internet Saturday, local media reported.

Bangladesh Telecom Regulatory Commission (BTRC) officials said Monday (February 17th) that the clip originated from Jihadology.net and was uploaded in Kuala Lumpur, according to the Bangladesh Protidin.

The message – which features audio, a still photo of Zawahiri, and videos of police –calls for jihad against alleged enemies of Islam in Bangladesh, and alludes to a May 2013 crackdown on a Hefazat-e-Islam rally in Dhaka. Hefazat leaders said they had nothing to do with the message, Channel24 news reported.

Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) personnel on Tuesday arrested Rasel Bin Sattar Khan, who allegedly circulated the audio-video, bdnews24.com reported.

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