ISIS militant deported from Malaysia never arrived in Bangladesh

Golam Rabbani (top row, second from right) is reported to have gone missing en route to Dhaka.
Golam Rabbani (top row, second from right) is reported to have gone missing en route to Dhaka.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Bangladeshi man, who was deported from Malaysia over links to Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has gone missing en route to Dhaka.

The Dhaka Tribune reported that Golam Rabbani last spoke to his wife Nazia Ferdousi, who is still in Malaysia, on July 19 when he was on a Malindo Air flight to the capital.

However, officials at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, claimed they have no knowledge that Golam had arrived, according to the Dhaka Tribune.

The report said Golam called his wife at about 10pm using the handphone of another passenger on the Malindo Air flight before it took off from KL International Airport.

Golam's elder sister also confirmed he had spoken to her that night.

That was the last they had contact with him.

Golam neither reached his home in the city of Bogra, 200km north-west of Dhaka, nor made any further contact with his wife.

The Dhaka Tribune said an official at the Bangladesh police headquarters, who requested anonymity, had confirmed that Golam was deported from Malaysia but could not say which agency was supposed to pick him up at the airport.

The report quoted Noor-E-Azam, officer-in-charge of the airport's police station, as saying that he was not aware of any such deportation.

The daily said Golam, an honours student of the political science department at Government Azizul Haque College, ran a coaching centre for school students in Bogra before he went to Malaysia.

The Dhaka Tribune, however, said two others deported from Malaysia were in Bangladeshi police custody since February.

They are Redwanul Azad Rana, alleged to be the mastermind behind the assassination of Bangladeshi blogger Rajib Haider in February 2013, and his colleague Md Ashraful.

On their arrival at Shahjalal International Airport, the duo were followed by a team of Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit.

They were arrested from Uttara area of Dhaka the same day.

According to CTTC, Ashraful had planned to get training from the Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines after his attempt to join IS in Syria failed.

They were then arrested by Malaysian police following information given by Bangladeshi intelligence.

On Oct 13, Malaysian police had named Rabbani, Rana and Ashraful as having had suspected links with the ISIS terrorist network.