Published:  12:00 AM, 12 January 2017

Cops yet to pinpoint foreign funding of militants: DMP

Cops are yet to obtain 'any specific information' on foreign financing of militant activities, said Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia. He said although law enforcers have already identified a number of local financiers of militancy and extremism, with many of them even now in police custody, nothing the police has uncovered or learnt relates to identifying specific foreign actors behind terrorism financing.

The commissioner made the remark while talking to reporters at Azimpore Government Girls School and College yesterday, having concluded a program to distribute warm clothes among the destitute people. When asked whether militants get any political help, the DMP Commissioner refused to be drawn into making statements he couldn't back up with evidence, especially "as investigation is going on".

He did however say there is a definite 'local connection' with militancy, in terms of their patronage and protection networks. Fielding a question from the gathered journalists, he took the chance to praise the newly formed Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of DMP, saying, "It has been working well in rooting out militancy". The DMP chief also wished its continued success.

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