Dhaka: Saudi-born Bangladeshi IS fighter arrested by CCTC

May 8, 2019 | Brainwave Science


Dhaka: Saudi-born Bangladeshi IS fighter arrested by CCTC: Brainwave Science


Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested a Syria returnee Saudi-born Bangladeshi citizen, Motaj Abdul Kafiluddin Bepari, on charges of violating anti-terror laws after he allegedly tried to join a local militant group upon his return from Syria, where he was believed to have fought for the Islamic State.Dhaka

CTTC officials arrested Motaj in Dhaka while he was meeting with members of the banned IS-linked group Neo-JMB. According to police reports, Motaj had established valuable contacts with the Neo-JMB “and was planning to establish a caliphate in Bangladesh after overthrowing the current government.” The arrest came after two months after Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal barred any Bangladeshi citizens who joined IS overseas from coming home.Dhaka

“If any suspect in some way manages to arrive, we will arrest them and try them in accordance with the law. We will not allow any terrorists to come to Bangladesh.”Dhaka

CTTC claimed that Motaj had earlier stayed in Syria for six months and took part in battles for the Islamic States. Officials recovered his passport, four pages of articles and translations published in ISIS propaganda magazine Rumiyah, his Saudi ID card and more than a hundred pages of write-ups.

After analyzing Motaj’s phone records, CTTC investigators said he had communicated with around a hundred FTFs (Foreign Terrorist Fighters) after entering Bangladesh. However, their conversations were mainly about informing each other that they had reached their home countries or other destination safely. According to CCTC investigator, Motaj was influenced by the IS ideology and was trying to get in touch with the terror group for a long time, he even attempted to enter Syria illegally and later succeeded and joined IS regime.

Investigating officers said the unit was aware of his entry and was tracking his movements since he landed at the airport. Bangladesh authority believes that only alternative for these terrorists to enter Bangladesh is only by air, which is being monitored intensively. CTTC Deputy Commissioner Mohibul Islam Khan said, “Motaj went to Syria from Saudi Arabia. We are investigating to find his connections in that country.” He further stated that Bangladeshis returning home after joining IS would face legal action.


US-backed Kurdish forces in Syria have almost completely dismantled Islamic State’s once-sprawling “caliphate”, with ISIS fighters and their families are deserting the provinces and turning home. According to the United Nations, more than 41,490 foreign fighters (FTFs) from 110 countries might have traveled to join ISIS terror group in Syria and Iraq between April 2013 and June 2018. The above-mentioned figure includes 40 Bangladesh nationals, who were suspected to traveled to join ISIS in Syria, according to a July 2018 reports from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization (ICSR) in London.

An international-debate among the counter-terrorism experts is going on whether to accept the Syria or Iraq returnees as they pose a national security threat to a nation. Some believe it is against human rights and they should be given a second chance with his/her cooperation depending on their situation, while other experts believe completely opposite as home countries don’t have sufficient evidence to prosecute or monitor or guide them. Bangladesh Security analyst Mohamad Ali Sikder, a retired army major general, said that law enforcement agencies should seriously consider the security risk posed by nationals returning from Syria or Iraq, as they “might have connections with other militant groups.”

At the worldwide stage, these IS members are a serious problem for their home countries and arrest of Saudi-born Bangladeshi citizen, Motaj, might have proven that. Question asked by the readers from this case is how to identify these Syria returnees, is it possible to monitor every Syria returning and know his involvement upon his entry, border security is strong enough to prevent illegal immigration, have Syria returnees have found another illegal way to enter the country, could arrest of one terrorist could lead to arrests of other known or unknown Syria returning terrorist within the countries, how to protect the nation from rising terrorism?

As Mohamad Ali Sikder stated that after returning home, these militants either try to organize groups and recruit more people or they make a coalition with local militant groups, implement their hideous plan and operations. Whatever the case, these terrorists remain a threat to national security.


Terrorism has shaken humanity to its very core. Earlier, the existence of ISIS was the biggest challenge faced by the counter-terrorism agencies around the globe. Now, IS has lost the last pocket of its territory in Syria and Iraq, IS returning nationals became a serious national security threat for their home countries. Bangladesh Home Minister stated that any suspect in some way manages to arrive, we will arrest them and try them in accordance with the law. However, the biggest challenge in these cases is the lack of substantial evidence to prosecute these terrorists and methods to identify who is a terrorist and who is not.

From early days, modern science has helped law enforcement agencies around the globe to deal with strategic realities. However, today, terrorism is at very next level and counter-terrorism personnel requires something better than bombs and bullets to crush terrorism at its very core. Traditional means of developing law enforcement technologies are simply inadequate to such challenges. Brainwave Science, based near Boston, Massachusetts, is the only company which has embarked on a mission to provide cutting-edge technology to counter-terrorism agencies which have all the desired characteristics of identifying the terrorists from innocents and reveal what specific crime-related information he or she stores from the memory bank- the human brain. This breakthrough, foolproof screening, and intelligence gathering technology is called iCognative. Now it’s a reality and is already being used by law enforcement agencies and counter-terrorism agencies all around the globe to eliminate potential criminal or terror threat without much sweat. iCognative is the only solution that minimizes the workload, identifies the potential terrorists without any requirement of physical evidence and reveals what specific information he or she possesses and/or is trying to conceal from investigators. Counter-terrorism agencies depend on the interrogation, DNA and fingerprinting tools to gain specific information from the suspected terrorist. However, all these conventional techniques are very limited in their applicability.

Terrorists are often likened to be exposed to extremist ideology at a certain age. However, until now it has been difficult to provide proof of radicalization. A 45-minute iCognative test can indicate if the person has been ever exposed to a particular idea or experience by testing for the recollection of specific words, phrases or images stored inside his brain. All this is possible through measuring EEG brainwaves. These brainwaves react at a lightning speed when Stimulus is shown to a suspected terrorist on a digital screen and can only be recorded and measured through a specific headset built by Brainwave Science team. In this case, Motaj Abdul Kafiluddin Bepari is on a four-day remand for interrogation purpose. Lie detector/Polygraph test on Motaj cannot identify whether a suspect is lying or not. iCognative must be conducted on Motaj and other known Syria returning terrorists. This test will easily determine what information is present in their brains. iCognative can support Bangladeshi counter-terrorism personnel to determine the suspect’s level of involvement in Syria and IS and how much of a threat they pose to national security. iCognative is the best possible way to reach truth for National security agencies. In the borders by land, sea, and by air, iCognative technology can help border security concerns for Bangladesh as well. Information such as what position Motaj hold in ISIS regime, why he returned the home country, any known link to local terrorist groups like Neo-JMB, identification of other Bangladeshi national returning from Syria, details of previous crime, why he went to Saudi Arabia from Syria, location of the local terrorist group- Neo JMB, etc., would be available for Bangladeshi counter-terrorism personnel through 45-minutes to an hour of testing. iCognative by Brainwave Science is revolutionary technology much-needed by counter-terrorism personnel to reshape the nature of this ongoing competition between terrorism and peace. This technology can answer all the questions raised by CCTC Deputy commissioner and Bangladesh Home Minister with over 99% accuracy within an hour. Bangladesh needs a strong shield against terrorism, iCognative is the answer to their concerns.


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