The Bangladesh government banned Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) for its militant and anti-state activities with the home ministry publishing a gazette notification in this regard. It is the sixth such organisation to be outlawed for militant activities.
"We had taken the decision to ban the outfit earlier this week on the basis of a police report...we are implementing this decision today," State Minister for Home Affairs Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told reporters.
The ban comes at a time when three bloggers and writers have been killed in less than three months and the Ansarullah Bangla Team is suspected to be behind the killings.
International security think tank Terrorism Research and Analysis Consortium (TRAC) describes ABT as an "al-Qaeda- inspired Islamic extremist group in Bangladesh that started its activities during 2007 as the Jama'atul Muslemin."
It said the group was funded by different NGOs and it ceased to operate when funding ended but the outfit resurfaced during 2013 as the ABT.

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