ABT Bangladesh Using Crypto Currency to Finance Terror.

Two terrorist groups are active in Bangladesh the Neo JMB and the Ansarullah Islam or the Ansarullah Bangladesh Team (ABT). The Neo JMB is aligned to the ISIS while the ABT is an al Qaeda inspired Islamic extremist group in Bangladesh.

The group started its activities during 2007 as the Jama’atulMuslemin, 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.

The ABT is having young and highly educated cadres who are now reportedly using bitcoins to finance their activities on the dark web for buying of firearms and drugs .............................

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