Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT)

Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) is an al Qaeda inspired Islamic extremist group in Bangladesh.  The group started its activities during 2007 as the Jama’atul Muslemin, funded by different NGOs. The group ceased to operate when funding ended. It resurfaced during 2013 as the ABT. The group is influenced by renowned extremist ideologues, such as Anwar Al-Awlaki. The ABT objectives include the radicalisation of youths in Bangladesh, inciting active participation in a local jihad and seeking control of areas in Bangladesh. The group reflects a young generation of jihadist in Bangladesh, which uses cyberspace extensively in propagating jihadist ideology and training manuals to guide terror attacks. ABT also uses mosques in propagating its ideological objectives.  On 12 August 2013 Bangladeshi authorities arrested the leader of the ABT, Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, with 30 members from Barguna (south western district in Bangladesh) for inciting a jihad at mosques. ABT is a banned…

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