Bangla Bhai

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Siddique ul-Islam (Bengali: সিদ্দিকুল ইসলাম Siddikul Islam), known popularly as Bangla Bhai (বাংলা ভাই "Bengali Brother") ( 1970 – 30 March 2007), also known as Aziz ur-Rahman (Bengali: আজিজুর রহমান) Azizur Rôhman, was a Bangladeshi terrorist[1] and the military commander of the Al Qaeda affiliated [2] radical Islamist organization Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (Awakened Muslim Masses of Bangladesh), known in popular usage as the JMJB. Most active in the north-western section of Bangladesh around the Rajshahi region, Bangla Bhai gained a nationwide and worldwide notoriety for bombings and other terrorist activities.

Siddique ul-Islam taught Bengali language for some time. He joined the ranks of the JMJB and became the commander of military affairs and an acting member of the Majlis-e-Sura, its decision-making committee. Bangla Bhai became infamous for the torture and intimidation of the opponents of JMJB and minorities. On August 17, 2005, JMJB, under Islam's leadership, launched a nation-wide attack by exploding 500 makeshift bombs. Along with Shaykh Abdur Rahman, Islam is alleged to have masterminded the bombings. In late 2005, a series of suicide bomb attacks rocked Bangladesh. JMJB and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh have claimed responsibility of these attacks.[citation needed]

The Government of Bangladesh proclaimed a large reward for the capture of Bangla Bhai. On 6 March 2006, Bangla Bhai was captured by the police and Rapid Action Battalion in Mymensingh District.[3]

Along with 5 other militants, Siddique ul-Islam was executed by hanging on 30 March 2007.[4]


  1. ^ Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) - SATP Article
  2. ^ Bill Roggio (2006-03-16). "Dismantling JMB in Bangladesh". Long War Journal. Retrieved 2007-12-27. 
  3. ^ Top Bangladesh militant captured: police, Reuters news report, 6 March 2006.
  4. ^ Six JMB militants walk gallows, BDNews24 March 30, 2007.

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Quick reference to hangings of both terrorists.