Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Bangladesh militant hanged for attack aimed at British envoy

Bangladesh militant hanged for attack aimed at British envoy

Hannan and his two associates were handed death penalty for launching a grenade attack on the then United Kingdom ambassador Anwar Chowdhury at Shahjalal Shrine in Sylhet in 2004.

Three people were killed and over 100, including Anwar Choudhury, were injured in the deadly attack. He became the top leader of the Harkatul Jihad in Bangladesh after his return to the country.

Three people died and the British high commissioner, Anwar Choudhury, suffered leg injuries in the attack on a 14th-Century Sufi shrine in Sylhet, in the north east of the country.

His other accomplice Delwar Hossain Ripon was executed in Sylhet jail, the Minister said.

The local banned militant outfit Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HUJI) ringleader Mufti Abdul Hannan and his close aide Sharif Shahedul Alam were hanged at Kashimpur High Security Prison in Gazipur on the outskirts of capital Dhaka at around 10:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, Inspector General of Prisons Brigadier General Syed Iftekhar Uddin told journalists.

Hannan, who was arrested late in 2005, was believed to have fought in Afghan war against Soviet Union before joining the militant group.

However, Hannan's wife, Zakia Parvin, said that he was innocent, according to the BBC: "He has no connection with militancy".

Hasina, then leader of the opposition, narrowly survived what she said was an assassination attempt.

Meanwhile, the family members of Delwar Hossain alias Ripon, the other condemned Huji militant, entered Sylhet Central Jail around 6:45pm to meet him, reports our Sylhet correspondent quoting Senior Jail Super Sagir Mian.

It was reported last month that suspected militants attempted to free Hannan by throwing bombs at a police van carrying him.

Security has been tight at the Kashimpur prison and Sylhet prisons with hundreds of policemen and an elite security force patrolling outside the facilities. Police arrested a 24-year-old former Madrassa student at the scene.

Police and army commandos have killed more than 60 suspected militants and arrested hundreds since a deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe in July past year in which 22 people were killed, majority foreigners.

The government has denied the presence of such groups, blaming domestic militants instead.

With the latest executions, at least ten extremists have been hanged by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's secular government since 2013.

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