British men detained for running terror ‘orphanage’ in Bangladesh

Dhaka (Bangladesh), Mar. 27 (ANI): Bangladeshi Police have arrested a British man whose charity is suspected of running a militant-training camp in the guise of an orphanage on remote Bhola Island.

Greater Manchester-based Faisal Mostafa, who was acquitted in 2002 of being part of an al-Qaeda bomb plot, was arrested on Wednesday night in Dhaka.

“Dr. Mostafa, 45, who has is a PhD in metals corrosion, was detained along with his Bangladeshi agent. They are charged with illegally keeping arms, explosive and ammunition, and with militancy and terrorism,” The Times quoted Captain Shafiul Alam of the elite Rapid Action Battalion, as saying.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office said that it was investigating reports of the arrest but could not confirm it.

“We are in contact with the Bangladeshi authorities and his family.”

The RAB says that it discovered a suspected Islamic militant training camp and weapons factory in a raid on an orphanage run by Mostafa’s charity, Green Crescent, on southern island of Bhola on Tuesday.

The RAB raid recovered evidence including nine or ten firearms, 3,000 rounds of ammunition and enough explosive for hundreds of grenades.

They also found Islamic literature “in line with extremists like bin Laden” and had arrested four people.

Mostafa’s family has said that he set up the orphanage because of a humanitarian desire to help poor children.

Ghulam Mostafa, his father, added that his son had a lifelong interest in hunting and made his own ammunition using spent cartridges and gunpowder.

Mostafa was acquitted in February 2002 of plotting to cause explosions. He was acquitted of a similar charge in 1996 after a trial at Manchester Crown Court, but was found guilty of illegally possessing a firearm and sentenced to four years in prison. (ANI)

Israeli jet strikes Hamas’ weapons factory

Jerusalem, Jan 29 (ANI): Israeli Air Force jet has struck a Hamas’ weapons manufacturing facility in the Rafah area in response to a Kassam rocket being fired from the Gaza Strip at Israel.

The air strike was the Israel’s first attack on a building inside the Gaza Strip since the end of Operation Cast Lead.

“As the sole authority in the Gaza Strip, Hamas bears full responsibility of all terror originating from within its area of control,” the Israel Government said in a statement.
The Kassam rocket was fired at southern Israel on Wednesday night. It came a day after Gaza operatives breached the cease-fire with a deadly bomb attack along the border, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The rocket hit an open area in the Eshkol region, causing no casualties or damage. ollowing the attack on Wednesday, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said that Israel would respond to every act of aggression, also to rockets fired at open areas.

In an official statement released overnight Wednesday, the government reiterated Livni’s words, saying that “the IDF will respond to any terror attacks in accordance with decisions made by the Israeli Government.”

Haim Yalin, head of the Eshkol Regional Council, said that the rocket represented a moment of truth for the government, and called for a firm response to avert the next war.

“During Operation Cast Lead, I and other local authority heads sat with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and told them: ‘It does not matter at what stage the military operation ends, what matters is what Israel does after the first rocket is fired,’” Yalin said.

“We have now reached that stage. If the government fails to respond, and says the rocket was fired by a marginal group; we will be faced with another war soon. If we respond as we should, then we can hopefully spare ourselves another war,” he added. (ANI)