‘Missing’ Bangladesh brothers resurface on Facebook

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Screenshot of the profile before the picture was deleted.


ISIS flag prominently displayed on their latest facebook post.

Ibrahim Hasan Khan and Junayed Hossain Khan, who figure on the rundown of young people suspected to have joined militancy after escaping home, have appeared again through a photograph on Facebook, with the Islamic State banner and weapons.

The siblings showed up on the first list of 10 such youths discharged by police after the July 1 terror attack on a bistro in Gulshan-2, Dhaka.

Security forces had said the team and the members of their family, inhabitants of Bashundhara in Dhaka, had been missing for around a year.

The DMP’s counterterrorism unit Deputy Commissioner Mohidul Islam said police were investigating the matter.

All three were seen wearing dark clothes, with glasses poured with a dark drink in hands, in the photo. Firearms like rifles and pistols lay on a table and beside the chairs.

Farhan said the youth sporting sunglasses in the center is Ibrahim and the person wearing a red turban is Junayed.

Shahadat Hossain Bachchu, the vice-president of the flat owners’ association of the building in Bashundhara where the family had lived, said the family ‘have not been in the country’ for around a year.

According to him, Ibrahim and Junayed’s father Munir Hasan Khan lived in Saudi Arabia. He saw the siblings with their father for the last time over a year back.

“He (Munir) is tall and has the beard. His sons are also tall and healthy. They did not usually stay in Dhaka for long.”

Several photos on Ibrahim’s Facebook wall capture a reunion of the former students of Bangladesh International School in Riyadh.

Farhan, who was a year’s junior to Ibrahim at the school, said he spoke with him in mid-2015, but could not possibly think that he had turned a militant.

“We had regular conversations with friends do, but talked nothing about religion.”

He also said he heard Ibrahim traveled to the US from Saudi Arabia in 2013.

“I’ve never thought he would join the IS,”

Abdur Rahman, the caretaker of the building where the brothers lived, told bdnews24  in July that a person, identifying himself as Munir’s son-in-law, paid the service charge of the flat in April.

The pictures on Ibrahim’s Facebook wall also included some of him visiting the Gulshan cafe that came under a terror attack on July 1.

The photograph of the two siblings alongside someone else, who is yet to be recognized, was posted on Ibrahim’s Facebook wall on Wednesday night BdST. It was deleted later.

A person who knew them has confirmed to bdnews24 of their identities. Farhan Islam, who studies at Malaysia’s Sarawak campus of the Swinburne University of Technology, said he had been in the same school with Ibrahim in Saudi Arabia.

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