Girl held for suspected extremist link on remand

Muktadir Rashid | Published: 00:05, Feb 14,2018 | Updated: 23:45, Feb 13,2018

 
 

Asmaul Husna Sumona, detained by Kafrul police in Dhaka Sunday night for carrying out a knife attack on a police officer, was remanded in custody for five days on Tuesday.
Sumona, 22, carried out the attack when a police officer interrogated her about her sister Momena Soma who was arrested recently in Australia over a militancy charge.
She was shouting ‘Allahhu Akbar, Lailaha Illalah’ and argued with the police saying that the law enforcers would not be able to harm them at all, rather they would destroy the state forces, said counter terrorism officials and the first in
formation report filed with the Kafrul Police Station on Monday.
According the FIR, the girl was shouting by saying ‘Islamic rule will be established and Jihad will continue.’
‘She claimed herself to be a member of Islamic State. She was seen extremely radicalized when she was handcuffed and she was arguing with us when was taken in custody,’ a counter terrorism officer told New Age.
Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit deputy commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan said they had arrested the girl and would interrogate her in custody.
Metropolitan magistrate Khurshid Alam on Tuesday granted a five-day remand for interrogation of the girl.
The counter terrorism officials branded her as an activist of Islamic State-inspired faction of banned Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
Australian news agency ABC News reported that Asmaul Husna’s sister Momena Soma went to Melbourne on February 1 with a student visa.
Momena Shoma, 24, is accused of stabbing 56-year-old Roger Singaravelu in the neck while he was asleep in their home in Mill Park in Melbourne on February 9.
The Australian daily The Age reported that police accused Momena of ‘self-radicalised’ and claimed she was wearing a burqa during the attack witnessed by the victim’s five-year-old daughter. The Australian police described the attack as an Islamic State-inspired act.
During the interrogation in Dhaka, Momena’s sister Asmaul Husna told the police that her sister asked her to organise ‘Jihad’ in Bangladesh.
The family of the girls is well-established in Dhaka and highly educated, with one of her uncles being a teacher at Dhaka University.
Their uncle earlier told media that the family was struggling to come to terms with the news of the arrest and the allegations brought against her. 

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