Timeline - Militancy in Bangladesh

Published on Monday, April 25, 2016

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="650"] 2001 Ramna Batamul bombings at Dhaka, Bangladesh.[/caption]

This post contains the names of Islamist militant organizations – both banned and blacklisted; radical groups and individuals who instigate murder of atheists, secularists and other non-Sunni Muslims; and the description of attacks and deaths committed so far.

Note that all the local armed and unarmed extremist groups are currently working together with the help of regional and international militant groups towards a single target – turning Bangladesh into a Shariah-based country by eliminating the secular and the reformist Muslim groups – an agenda hatched by war criminal party Jamaat-e-Islami and executed by Islami Chhatra Shibir.

The post will be updated from time to time.

Six militant groups have been banned since 2003

Shahadat-e-al Hikma (February 9, 2003)

Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh or JMB and Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh or JMJB (February 23, 2005)

Harkat-ul Jihad al-Islami (Huji) (October 17, 2005)

Hizb ut-Tahrir (October 22, 2009)

Ansarullah Bangla Team (May 25, 2015)

Seven organizations were blacklisted in April 2009:

Hizb-ut-Tawhid, Islami Samaj, Ulema Anjuman al Baiyinaat, Islamic Democratic Party, Tawhid Trust, Tamir ud-Deen and Alla'r Dal.

In August 2013, Home Ministry decided to ban Shahadat-e-Nobuwat and Al Markajul al Islami.

Groups Under Watch:

Al-Harat al-Islamia, Jamayatul Falaiya, Tawhidi Janata, Jummatul al-Sadat, Al Jihad Bangladesh, World Islamic Front for Jihad, Warat Islamic Front, Al-Khidmat Foundation,

Muslim Millat Sariyah Council, Ahle Hadith Andolon Bangladesh, Hizbul Mahdi,

Jamiatul Ehhia-ut-Turaj, Hayatul Igasa, Bangladesh Anjumane Talamije Islamia,

Khidmat E Islam Foundation, Islami Jihad Group, Tanjeem Bangladesh, Iktadul Tulah Al Muslemin, Amanatul Forkan Al Khayriya, Ibtedatul Al Muslemin, Al-Sayeed Mujahid Bahini and Ahsab Bahini

Other International Militant Groups:

Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Harkat-ul Mujahideen, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Jaish-e-Mostofa, Indian Kashmir-based organisation Asif Reza Commando Force (ARCF), Tehrik-e-Jehad-e-Islami-Kashmiri (TJI), Harkat-ul-Jehadul Islami, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Hezbi Islami, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen and Harkat ul-Ansar.

Myanmar-based Groups:

Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO), Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO),

National United Party of Arakan (NUPA), Arakan Rohingya Force, Islamic Solidarity Front,

Arakan People's Army, Liberation Myanmar Force, Arakan Mujahid Party, Rohingya Independents Force, Rohingya Independence Army, Rohingya Patriotic Front,

Rohingya Islamic Front and United students Association of Arakan Movement (USM)

NGOs Suspected for Militant Financing:

Revival of Islamic Heritage Society (RIHS), Rabita al-Alam al-Islami, Society of Social Reforms, Qatar Charitable Society, Al-Muntada Al-Islami, Islamic Relief Agency,

Al-Furqan Foundation, International Relief Organisation, Kuwait Joint Relief Committee,

Muslim Aid Bangladesh, Dar Al-Khair, Hayatul Igachha and Tawheed-e-Noor.

Emergence of militant groups:

April 30, 1992: Huji formed through press conference at National Press Club.

May 6, 1993: Islami Samaj, a breakaway faction of Jamaat-e-Islami, established.

1994: Hizbut Touhid established at Korotia village in Tangail.

1998: Former Huji leader Shayakh Abdur Rahman forms JMB in Jamalpur.

1998: JMB's sister concern JMJB formed with Bangla Bhai as chief; started operation in 2004.

2000: Hizb ut-Tahrir starts operations.

2007: Ansarullah starts activities.

2008: DGFI helped Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami Bangladesh (Huji-B) to lunch a political party, name-Islamic Democratic Party (IDP)

2013: Shahid Hamza Brigade formed in Chittagong with Chhatra Shibir members.

2013: Mujahid of Bangladesh starts operation.

2014: Bangladesh Jihadi Group traced.

2015: Junud Al Towhid Wal Khalifah traced.

2015: Ettehadul Mujahideen traced.




December 24, 2016: Bangladesh sees first female 'suicide bomber'. A female militant has blown herself up during a police raid in a militant hideout at Dhaka's Ashkona, in what appears to be the first suicide attack by a woman in Bangladesh. The blast left the girl and a policeman injured.

July 7, 2016: Attack on Sholakia Eid prayers, Four people, including two policemen, a woman and a suspected assailant, died in the attack near Sholakia Eidgah where hundreds of thousands had gathered for Eid congregation this morning. 12 people were injured.

July 4, 2016: A Imama was hacked to death at Dhunat Upazila in Bogura. His name Maolana Motiur Rahman (42).

July 2, 2016: Islamic killed 20 people, mostly with sharp weapons, shortly after taking hostage a number of diners at a café (Holey Artisan Bakery) in Dhaka's diplomatic zone last evening, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). Most of the victim were foreigner (17). On the same day; Islamic attacked on Sabsindu Bar who was a Hindu Priest.
July 1, 2016: Hindu temple volunteer Shyamananda Das in Jhenidah and Mongshenu Marma in Bandarban were hacked to death by Islamic. ISIS took that responsibility.
June 10, 2016: A volunteer of a Hindu monastery Nityaranjan Pandey, 60, was hacked to death at Sree Sree Thakur Anukulchandra Satsang ashram in Pabna Sadar upazila by ISIS.

June 7, 2016: Jhenidah Hindu priest Anando  Gopal Ganguly, 70, was hacked to death by ISIS. He was riding a bicycle to Naldanga Bazar to perform puja when he was attacked around 9:30am,

June 5, 2016: Police superintendent wife Khanam Mitu, 32, was hacked to death in Chittagong. And Shunil Gomez, 60, a Christian businessman was killed in Natore.  ISIS took responsibility of Shunil killing.

May 24, 2016:  A Hindu businessman Debesh Chandra Pramanik was hacked to death at his shoe store at Gobindaganj upazila in Gaibandha.ISIS took the responsibility.

May 20, 2016: A homeopath Sanaur Rahman, 60, has been hacked to death and his friend seriously injured  in Kushtia. This attack came six days after an elderly Buddhist monk was hacked to death inside a temple in the hilly district of Bandarban.

May 14, 2016: An elderly Buddhist monk was found hacked to death on Saturday in Bangladesh, police said, the latest in a spate of murders of religious minorities and secular activists in the Muslim-majority nation.

May 7, 2016:  65 years old Pir (Spiritual Leader) Md. Shadidullah has been hacked to death at Tanor Upazila in Rajshahi. "It seems he was hacked first and then slaughtered'' said: Abdur Razzak, officer-in-charge of Tanor Police Station.

May 4, 2016: Unidentified attackers hurled crude bombs at the home of a Christian family in Bangladesh. one man was injured.

April 30, 2016: Tailor Nikhil Chandra Joarder who was sued in 2012 allegedly for defaming Islam hacked to death at Gopalpur of Tangail by ISIS

April 25, 2016. Editor of LGBT magazine 'Roopban', Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tonmoy were hacked to dead at Dhaka. Allahu Akbar" word was used when killers run away. Ansar-al-Islam claimed this responsibility.

April 23 2016: English department teacher of Rajshahi University Prof AFM Rezaul Karim Siddiquee was attacked from the rear while he was waiting for the university bus this morning. Islamic terrorist group ISIS accepted this responsibility.

April 6, 2016: Gonojagoron Moncho activist, secularist Nazimuddin Samad killed; by Ansar-al-Islam.

March 14, 2016: Shia preacher Abdur Razzaq of Kaliganj in Jhenaidah killed; by JMB/IS

February 21, 2016: Panchagarh temple priest Joggeshwar Roy killed, another injured; by JMB/IS

January 7, 2016: Homeopathic doctor Chhamir Uddin Mandal killed at Belekhal Bazar of Jhenidah; by JMB/IS.


January 11, 2015: Chittagong Nursing Instute teacher Anjali Devi Chowdhury killed; by Shibir/JMB

February 26, 2015: Mukto-Mona founder Avijit Roy killed, wife Bonya injured in TSC of DU; by Ansarullah

March 30, 2015: Oyasiqur Rahman Babu killed at Tejgaon; by Hefazat/Ansarullah

May 12, 2015: Ananta Bijoy Das killed in Sylhet; by Ansarullah

August 7, 2015: Blogger Niladri Chatterjee (Niloy Neel) killed in Dhaka; by Ansar-al-Islam.

August 9, 2015, Teacher Manab Chandra Roy was hacked to death in Nilfamari district by JMB.

September 4, 2015: Rahmat Ullah alias Nengta Fakir and his assistant Abdul Kader slaughtered at the shrine at Bayezid of Chittagong; by JMB

September 28, 2015: Italian citizen Cesare Tavella killed in Gulshan; by IS

October 3, 2015: Japanese citizen Hoshi Kunio killed in Rangpur; by IS

October 5, 2015: Spiritual leader Khijir Khan hacked to death; by JMB

October 5, 2015: Murder attempt on Christian priest Luke Sarker; by JMB/IS

October 22, 2015: Attack on police check post at Gabtoli, ASI Ibrahim Mollah killed; by IS

October 24, 2015: One killed in grenade attack on Shia's Tazia procession; by IS/JMB

October 31, 2015: Publisher Faisal Arefin Dipon killed, and Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, Ranadipam Basu and Tareq Rahim injured; by Ansar-al-Islam.

November 8, 2015: Bahai Centre Director Ruhul Amin attacked in Rangpur; by JMB/IS

November 10, 2015: Murder of a shrine caretaker at Kaunia of Rangpur; by JMB/IS

November 12, 2015: Shia member attacked at Protiki Karbala in Syedpur; by JMB/IS

November 18, 2015: Italian doctor-priest injured in gun attack in Dinajpur; by JMB/IS

November 26, 2015: One killed in attack on Shia mosque in Bogra; by JMB/IS

November 30, 2015: Gun attack on Iskcon Dinajpur President Birendra Nath Roy; by JMB/IS

December 4, 2015: Bomb blasts at Kantaji temple at Kaharole, Dinajpur; by JMB

December 10, 2015: Two hurt in bomb and gun attack on Iskcon temple in Dinajpur; by JMB

December 18, 2015: Grenade attacks on mosques inside Navy base in Chittagong; by JMB/Hilful Fuzul

December 26, 2015: Suicide bomber killed, 10 injured at Ahmadiyya mosque in Baghmara, Rajshahi; by JMB/IS.


March 30, 2014: Rayhan Rahee and Ullash Das attacked in Chittagong; by Shibir

June 24, 2014: Attack on blogger Rakib Mamun; by Ansarullah

August 27, 2014: Sheikh Nurul Islam Faruqi killed; by JMB

September 30, 2014: Daffodil University student Ashraful Alam killed; by Ansarullah

November 15, 2014: RU teacher Prof AKM Shafiul Islam killed; by Shibir/Ansarullah.



January 13, 2013: Blogger Asif Mohiuddin attacked with machetes in Uttara; by Ansarullah

February 15, 2013: Blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider killed; by Ansarullah

March 2, 2013: Blogger and Gonojagoron Moncho activists Jagat Jyoti Talukder was killed in Sylhet; by Ansarullah

March 9, 2013: Blogger and Engineer Sanaur Rahman attacked at Mirpur; by Shibir/Ansarullah

April 9, 2013: Attack on Buet student Arif Raihan Dwip; Ansarullah

August 8, 2013: Murder of Ummul Momenin Toiyobur Rahman and his son at Khalishpur of Khulna; by JMB

August 11, 2013: Buet student Blogger Tanmoy Ahmed Moon attacked in Gaibandha; by Shibir/Ansarullah

October 9, 2013: Explosion kills three while making bombs at Lalkhan Bazar Madrasa; linked to Huji

11 December 21, 2013: Bogra teacher and Gonojagoron Moncho Activists Ziauddin Zakaria Babu stabbed to death by Jamaat men

December 21, 2013: Gopibagh Pir Lutfar Rahman and five others killed; by JMB



January 2012: Army says they foiled a coup attempt by Hizb ut-Tahrir


2009: 12 people injured at Superintendent of Police conference in Gazipur.


April 11, 2007: Jhalakathi public prosecutor Haider Hossain shot dead by JMB men.


February 3, 2006: RU teacher Prof Sheikh Taher Ahmed killed; Shibir/JMB


January 27, 2005: Five killed in grenade attack on Shah AMS Kibria in Habiganj; by Huji

August 17, 2005: Two dead in series bomb attacks at 511 places in 63 districts; by JMB

November 14, 2005: Jhalakathi judges Sohel Ahmed Chowdhury and Jagannath Paare killed; by JMB

November 29, 2005: JMB suicide bomber Asad, four lawyers and four clients killed at Gazipur district Bar association office

December 8, 2005: Eight dead in JMB's suicide bomb attack on Udichi and Shata Dal Shilpi Goshthi offices.


12 January, 2004: 7 people were killed at Hajarat Shajalal Majar.

February 27, 2004: Attack on Dhaka University teacher Prof Humayun Azad; by JMB

April 2004-january 2005: Bangla Bhai killed minimum 24 people and tortured 300 in Rajshahi District.

21 May, 2004: Islamic terrorist threw grenade on British High commissioner, 2 person killed, 70 people injured. By Huji

27 June, 2004: Boom attacked at Daily Jonmovumi Office, Khulna. Journalist Humayun Kabir was killed.

7 August, 2004: 1 die and 40 people got injured at Gulsan hotel in Sylhet.

April 2004-January 2005: Bangla Bhai kills at least 24, tortures 300 others in Rajshahi area

May 21, 2004: Three killed in grenade attack on Anwar Choudhury in Sylhet; by Huji

August 21, 2004: Twenty-three killed in grenade attacks on Awami League rally; by Huji

December 24, 2004: Killing of Rajshahi University teacher Prof Yunus Ali; Shibir/JMB


17 January, 2003: 7 people were killed and 8 people injured in Fakir Majar Shrine fair at Sakhipur in Tangail.

1 March, 2003: Police were attacked by boom at Khula International trade fair. One die and one injured.


December 7, 2002: Seventeen people killed in serial bomb blasts in four cinema halls of Mymensingh; by JMB

2002: 15 People were killed by Boom blast.

26 September, 2002: 4 people were killed boom blasts at Awami League rally in Sirajgang.

7 December, 2002: 4 booms blasted at Cinema Hall at Mymensingh. By JMB


June 3, 2001: Bomb blasted at Baniachang church duing prayer in Gopalganj by Islamic terrorist. Killed 10 people, injured 50.

September 23, 2001: Eight people killed and 50 others, including Sheikh Helal, injured as a powerful remote-controlled bomb planted by Huji and JMB members exploded at the rally at Khalilur Rahman Degree College ground in Mollahat, Bagerhat.

January 20, 2001: Five killed in blasts at CPB's Paltan Maidan meeting; by Huji

April 14, 2001: Ten killed in Ramna Batamul blasts; by Huji.


July 20, 2000: In Gopalganj Shek Hasina was planned to kill in her rally. by Huji.

writer Monir Hossain Sagor was hacked to death for his book "Nari Tumi Manush Chhile Kobey" by JMB. {A Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) commander yesterday ( June 04, 2006) confessed to not only attacking noted writer Hymayun Azad, but also killing a writer of Tangail in 2000 at the directives of JMB chief Abdur Rahman for making "indecent remarks" about Allah and the prophet in their books.-Daily star}


January 18, 1999: Attack on poet Shamsur Rahman; by Huji

March 6, 1999: Ten killed in bomb blasts at Udichi's Jessore programme; by Huji

October 8, 1999: Eight killed in bomb attack on Ahmadiyya mosque in Khulna town. By Huji


Motion Timeline: 29 killings in 4 years by The Daily Star



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