Bangladeshi arrested in Italy on suspicion of Al-Qaeda links

  • November 4, 2023

A Bangladeshi national suspected of belonging to a Pakistani Al-Qaeda-affiliated group that studied military tactics and published incendiary videos online was apprehended by Italian police yesterday, according to reports. The man, who defined himself as a “Al-Qaeda lover” on Facebook, allegedly posted online videos and messages “inciting terrorist actions or acts of intolerance toward other communities,” according to Genoa police.

Police claim that the suspect has been under investigation since 2021 and is part of Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP). They also claimed that he was waiting for his residency in Italy before planning to fight in Pakistan. The militant organization adopting a strict Islamist ideology, is classified as a foreign terror group by the United States and surfaced in Pakistan in 2007 when it orchestrated a deplorable surge of violence that culminated in a military crackdown in 2014. The group, which maintains ties to Al-Qaeda, has been bolstered in recent times by the Taliban’s resurgence in adjacent Afghanistan.