B'desh bans Ansar Al Islam outfit

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 5 (ANI): The Bangladesh Government on Sunday banned Islamist outfit Ansar Al Islam, which claimed it was involved in targeted killings including that of an LGBT activist Xulhaz Mannan.

The Ministry of Home Affairs issued the notification today saying that the outfit is a militant group and is involved in anti-state activists - a threat to public security, reports the Daily star.

Previously, during the time of Mannan's murder, the organisation identified itself as the Bangladesh branch of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.

The group also claimed responsibility of killings of secular activists including those of Niladri Chattopadhyay last year and Nazim Uddin Samad this month - both in Dhaka. (ANI)