HAF Commends FBI Arrest of Alleged Bangladeshi Terrorist
Washington, D.C. (June 20, 2014) -- Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation commended the FBI over the arrest of Rahatul Ashikim Khan, a student of the University of Texas at Austin, who was allegedly linked to several terrorist groups and conspiring to commit attacks in the US. Khan is originally from Bangladesh, a country plagued by increasing chaos and escalating violence against religious minorities instigated primarily by the radical Islamist groups, Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and Islami Chhatra Shibir (ICS). Both groups serve as an ideological center and recruiting base for a number of US State Department designated foreign terrorist organizations, such as the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
“JeI and ICS continue to foment violence and destabilize Bangladesh internally in pursuit of their religio-political goal of creating a Taliban style theocratic state, while facilitating terrorist activities throughout South Asia,” said Samir Kalra, Esq., HAF’s Senior Fellow for Hindu Rights. “Both Jamaat-e-Islami and al-Shabab, the Somalia based terrorist group that Khan was allegedly in touch with, share similar goals and extensive connections with al Qaeda.”
Both Khan and his alleged co-conspirator, Michael Todd Wolfe, who was also arrested, expressed hatred towards Hindus and Jews. They were caught by the FBI as part of a multi-year sting operation.
“We commend the FBI for their successful efforts in apprehending Khan and Wolfe and preventing a potential future attack in the US,” said Rishi Bhutada, HAF’s Houston-based Board member. “It is deeply concerning that such individuals have penetrated U.S. institutions such as our universities, in order to further their goals of staging terrorist attacks on U.S. soil and abroad.”
HAF has covered the situation in Bangladesh and neighboring countries extensively in its annual human rights report, Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora.