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Report: Bangladeshis Intermingled With Migrant Caravan From Guatemala

Report: Bangladeshis Intermingled With Migrant Caravan From Guatemala

Bangladesh remains a hot spot with ISIS and other terrorist groups.

The Daily Caller has reported that Univision correspondent Santa Anna, a reporter traveling with the migrant caravan that’s moving into Mexico from Guatemala, noticed people from Bangladesh within the massive crowd of migrants:

“Yesterday when we were traveling through Guatemala, we noticed people from El Salvador and even people from Bangladesh,” he continued. “Can you imagine what they had to do to get here? They infiltrated themselves in this caravan and tried to cross with the crowd. That would have benefited them greatly.”

Bangladesh remains a hot spot for ISIS and other terrorist groups.

The Daily Caller added:

The Bangladeshis, he said, were detained in an immigration facility, though it’s not clear what happened to them after their detention. (RELATED:Train Of Central American Migrants Swells In Number Despite Warnings From Trump)

“The borders in Central American are not as strong as the U.S., which makes it possible for people from Panama and Ecuador to cross easily,” Santa Anna said on Univision. “They cross from Costa Rica, then later go through Guatemala and eventually make it into our country.”

As I noted earlier today, the caravan has increased in size to over 5,000 people. They have broken barriers between Guatemala and Mexico while thousands more have either swam or rafted across the water to escape detection from officials.

This news comes a few days after Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales announced the country arrested “close to 100 people completely linked to terrorist issues, with ISIS and that not only have we arrested them within our territory, but they have been deported to their countries of origin.”

I only mention this because I remember my time at covering national security at Breitbart and Bangladesh came up quite a few times in news about ISIS and terrorism.

CNN highlighted the growing ISIS threats in Bangladesh back in 2016:

It is also home to almost 150 million Muslims, and up until recently steered clear of the kind of radicalism that has plagued other parts of the world. But unfortunately there are ominous signs that this is changing.

For more than two years, a spate of brutal murders has rocked the South Asian nation. At first the killings had a clear pattern, targeting well-known secular writers in the capital, Dhaka. The attacks seemed designed to silence those who dared to criticize Islam.

One of the most high-profile of these — the murder of the Bangladeshi-American writer Avijit Roy in 2014 — took place right outside Dhaka’s annual book fair.

Then in April this year, a well-known LGBT activist and his friend were murdered while they were at home.

A month later after that expose, CNN wrote that an ISIS attack in Bangladesh showed that ISIS expanded its reach into Bangladesh and Asia as the group tried to compete with al-Qaeda:

Bangladesh has seen growing Islamist militancy since 2013, in reaction to a crackdown by the secular government against the main Islamist party — the Jamaat e Islami. Four of its leading figures have been executed for crimes allegedly committed during Bangladesh’s war of independence from Pakistan in 1971.

That militancy has led to the murders of secular bloggers and gay rights activists, as well as Hindu priests, over the past two years. Many of those attacks have been claimed by a group called Ansar al Islam, the Bangladesh part of AQIS.

By comparison, attacks attributed to ISIS sympathizers have targeted foreigners. In late 2015, ISIS claimed that its gunmen — “Soldiers of the Caliphate in Bangladesh” — were behind the murders of an Italian aid worker and Japanese citizen in Bangladesh.

Like those killings, the Dhaka attack appears to have been carried out by Bangladeshis. But it was far more ambitious and ISIS — at some level – appears to have had foreknowledge of the plan. The sole surviving attacker may provide greater detail about that relationship, but equally the assailants may have been foot soldiers, with communication carried out at a higher level.

No it has not quieted down in Bangladesh. In March of this year, a Bangladesh court sentenced seven militants belonging to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, an ISIS-linked terrorist group based in the country, for hacking to death a shrine caretaker. From The Independent:

Shrine caretaker, Rahamat Ali, 60, was hacked to death in November 2015 in the northern district of Rangpur. Six others accused of the attack were acquitted by the court.

The convicted men were members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh group, public prosecutor Rathish Chandra Bhowmik told reporters.

Police believe the same group, which has pledged allegiance to Isis, was responsible for the most recent serious attack, when gunmen stormed a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka in July 2016, killing 22 people, most of them foreigners.

Does that mean the migrants within the caravan have terrorist connections? No, but it is reason enough to have heightened concerns with people from certain countries.


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So the mob includes terrorists? I’d call that an invasion, “legally” or otherwise. So does the dictionary.

    Milhouse in reply to txvet2. | October 22, 2018 at 10:20 pm

    No, the mob may include terrorists, or it may not. We always knew that, and this story does not increase the likelihood that it does. We now know that the mob definitely includes some Bangladeshis, but the vast majority of Bangladeshis are not terrorists, or even fanatical Moslems, just as the vast majority of Mexicans are not gangsters. In both cases we should be concerned about the minority that are.

      txvet2 in reply to Milhouse. | October 23, 2018 at 12:20 am

      They claim to have found 100 terrorists. The likelihood is that there are more, not to mention previous reports that the mob contains a significant number of members of organized gangs like MS-13. It doesn’t matter if the whole mob is Panamanian prostitutes. What we should be concerned with is the fact that they intend to invade our country.

        Milhouse in reply to txvet2. | October 23, 2018 at 8:46 am

        They claim to have found 100 terrorists.

        No, they do not. Nobody has claimed to have found even one terrorist in the caravan. Guatemala announced that over the last few years it has deported almost 100 terrorists; this has absolutely no connection to the caravan, and anyone telling you otherwise is deliberately lying. There is no evidence whatsoever that there are or have ever been any terrorists in the caravan.

        Then again, it should be obvious that 5000 people about whom we know nothing at all may include gangsters, terrorists, disease-carriers, and all sorts of other people we have a legitimate reason not to want here. That ought to worry everyone, and certainly the President. His only mistake was in claiming to know for a fact what is merely a worrying possibility.

          healthguyfsu in reply to Milhouse. | October 23, 2018 at 10:13 am

          What are Bangladeshis doing mingling among Central American migrants if not to try to hide among them?

          It doesn’t pass the smell test and you know that much, Milly.

          Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | October 23, 2018 at 10:27 am

          1. Bangladeshis are not Middle Easterners.

          2. “Bangladeshi” does not mean “terrorist”; 99.99% of Bangladeshis are not terrorists, and there’s no particular reason to suppose the ones in the caravan are.

          3. They are not hiding or “mingling” at all. They are trying to get to the US for the exact same reasons everyone else in the caravan is.

          All of that said, the fact that tens of thousands are entering the US every year and we have no idea who they are, should worry every reasonable person, and certainly it should worry the President. It stands to reason that so long as this door remains open terrorists will use it, because why wouldn’t they?

          healthguyfsu in reply to Milhouse. | October 23, 2018 at 10:48 am

          So, people from a hotbed of ISIS activity are flying or otherwise traveling to Central America to mix among a migrant caravan for the purposes of crossing our porous Southern border. But it’s just about getting in, right?

          There’s reason to be concerned about that activity no matter how “coincidental” it may be.

    iconotastic in reply to txvet2. | October 23, 2018 at 12:58 am

    Thousands of military age males coming to the USA border without concern for our laws, society, or border constitutes an invasion as far as I am concerned. And when it is organized and funded by shadowy organizations with unknown intentions toward the USA I am even more convinced that the USA better take aggressive steps to stop this invasion.

Q: What is the correct term for a caravan of 5,000 illegals attempting to enter the U.S.?

A: A target rich environment.

ScottTheEngineer | October 22, 2018 at 5:36 pm

OT. Had to burn a gift card at amazon. This is my product review.”Box was damgd on arrival. Lines were Ok. Went in my 97 Sahara easily and fit well with only minor bending. The debris caps on the lines kept falling off; Had to tape them to the ends to prevent detritus from entering on install. Had a coupon for 10 bucks from donating blood. Probably never order from Amazon again as they have demonetized We simply can’t have that.”
Wonder if they’ll post it.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to ScottTheEngineer. | October 23, 2018 at 8:05 am

    How about a bounty for captured illegals, $500 alive, $1000 dead? Then watch them scramble to get the hell out of America. The great migration, 20-30 million illegals heading home in mass.

Close The Fed | October 22, 2018 at 5:39 pm

Let’s face it: We’re Gulliver. We’re the “strongest” country on earth, but we are restrained by guy lines tied to all the “rules” – including statutes, court consent decrees, rogue Hawaiian judges, political correctness – into having our country destroyed.

I’m past willing to match the dems in making scenes. Congress LIKES this, or it wouldn’t exist, and THAT’S a fact.

Since we now have multi-tiered residents, and foreigners, illegal ones, are now 1st class citizens and I’m the pack mule 3rd-class citizen, who has to pay the tax or go to jail, if I don’t want to support this immoral invasion, then as far as I’m concerned, civility is a goner.

Close The Fed | October 22, 2018 at 6:29 pm

Also, it would be wise to be considered in your criticism of crazy leftists doing their mob thing. In order to reclaim our rights and dignity as American citizens, we may have to become just as obnoxious as the left. After all, was Geo. Washington a peaceful, go-along, get-along man?

I submit the time to become angry, vocal, and militant has arrived.

CNN called this “unsubstantiated” when Trump mentioned it

    Milhouse in reply to Neo. | October 22, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Trump stated as fact that the caravan included “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners”. He’s right to be worried about this possibility, but neither of these has so far been substantiated, so technically he was incorrect; he should have said “may include”, like products that “may contain peanuts and/or dairy ingredients”.

      Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | October 22, 2018 at 10:29 pm

      PS: I’m waiting for some ignorant commenter who thinks Bangladesh is in the Middle East.

        Jack Klompus in reply to Milhouse. | October 23, 2018 at 7:52 am

        Yes, we all know how much you get off on being the local Captain Obvious know-it-all who has to show off his middlebrow knowledge of the world.

          Milhouse in reply to Jack Klompus. | October 23, 2018 at 8:49 am

          Whereas you are proud of your pig-ignorance. You and I both know that if I hadn’t pointed it out I’d have had several commenters trying to claim that the presence of Bangladeshis supports Trump’s statement.

          Jack Klompus in reply to Jack Klompus. | October 23, 2018 at 9:02 am

          No Van Houten, I’m proud that I don’t have to spend endless hours on a comments section puffing out my alleged superior intellect, spewing lame, sophomoric knowledge of basic geography to make myself feel important and smart. You DO know why you’re such a loathed punchline here, don’t you?

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Jack Klompus. | October 23, 2018 at 9:52 am

          To be fair, Milhouse does occasionally say something with merit, enough that he is on balance an asset to the forum and he-she-it is not anywhere near as obnoxious as Rags.

      txvet2 in reply to Milhouse. | October 23, 2018 at 12:25 am

      What is absolutely certain is that the mob contains thousands of people who have absolutely no right to enter the US, no matter their nation of origin.

This is complete propaganda.

Watch the MSM coverage of this.

Whenever they have small group shots or talk to individuals, it’s almost ALWAYS women or women and children.

The actual videos and photos of the caravan as a whole?

90% men.

    alaskabob in reply to Olinser. | October 22, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Islamerica in the offing. Fractured by the 3rd World at its borders and re-assembled with instructions found in the Koran.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Olinser. | October 23, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Most of media lies this way. This is similar to ABC’s lie with his comments edited. There is no doubt that George Zimmerman was not a racist, I bet that today he is rightfully fed up with the #BlackLiarsMovement (BLM, and that he has no sympathy for blacks.

I am counting on the President closing the border completely. No trains, cars, people, commerce of any type, until this invasion is checked.

Chris Plante on WMAL (9-12) in Dc was going on about how Hillary stand on her hands (my words) about the Honduras coup of 2009 and the Caravan is basically a payback for Hillary supporting the coup.