Islamic State releases video glorifying Dhaka attackers

A screengrab from the video released by the Islamic State. Photograph:( WION )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 25, 2016, 04.09 PM (IST)
By Pooja Mehta

Islamic State recently released a 15-minute video in Bangla language glorifying the five Dhaka attackers and urging the youth of Bangladesh to join them.

The video was released by At-Tamkin, the official media channel of Bangla IS.

It initially exhorts the Bangladesh youth to spread Islam through ‘jihad’ across the world.

The second half of the video blames Islamic scholars for preventing the youth from joining the banned terror outfit.

The final segment of the clip shows how IS jihadists are being targeted in Iraq. It then instigates its viewers to pick up arms and wage a war against the people responsible for such crackdowns.

It also glorifies the five men responsible for the Gulshan attack. The five attackers — Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, Khairul Islam Payel, Shafiqul Islam Uzzal and Meer Saameh Mubasser — launch a blistering attack on the Bangladesh government, seemingly recorded ahead of the Gulshan attack.

“No matter how advanced you are in the field of technology or the kind of arms you have, no one will be able to save you from us. I urge all the youth of Bangladesh to pick up arms and wage a war against the kaafir, they do not deserve to live,” Meer Saameh Mubasser is seen saying in the video.

On the night of July 1, 2016, over 20 people were killed after they were taken hostage by five Islamic State militants in the Dhaka’s high-security zone of Gulshan. Among the killed were several foreign nationals, including one Indian national.

It ends with a song in Bangla, ‘eseche caliphate, jege otho mujaheed’, meaning that the caliphate is here, the warrior must rise for the cause of jihad.

This is the second such video released by the Islamic State’s Bangladesh wing.

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