The IS member who died while in a suicide bombing in Tikrit city of Iraq in 2015 has been identified as Neaz Morshed Raja from Chittagong.
The identification came after a recently uploaded video by SITE Intelligence Group.
The latest video revealed that Raja was known among IS members as Abu Maryam al-Bengali.
It has also come to notice that Raja appeared on RAB’s list of missing persons in 2016.
Raja was a student of Sunshine Grammar School and College in Chittagong, and later studied in Deakin University, Australia.
He used to work for HAH Corporation, a buying house in Dhaka.
Raja, originally from Hathazari in Chittagong, was married and father to a daughter. They used to live in Dhaka’s posh Baridhara area.
His family members filed a general diary with Badda police station after he went missing.
Raja was last found active on Facebook on May 25, 2015. Geo-tagging revealed the post was submitted from Lusaka, Zambia.
On July 20, 2016, Raja’s name was mentioned at number 192 on the RAB list of 261 missing persons. However, his name was later dropped from the revised list of 68 persons on July 26.
RAB 3 officials acknowledged that Raja had been missing for a long time.
Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud, Commanding Officer of RAB 3, said, “We suspect that the person in the video is the missing Neaz Morshed, of Hathazari upazila in Chittagong.”
“We knew that he is out of the country but could not trace his location,” he added.
Hathazari police OC Belal Mohammad Jahangir said that they had no idea about Raja and his activities.
Police’s Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crimes (CTTC) is yet to make a formal statement on the matter.
Tasneem Khalil, a Sweden-based Bangladeshi journalist, said that Raja was known as Abu Maryam al-Bengali in Arabic and died during an attack on Shia Muslims in Tikrit, Iraq on October 12, 2015.
The recent SITE video titled “Words Mixed with Blood” was first released early Wednesday via IS’ hidden service on TOR network and Telegram channels.
It was later published by IS’ Bangla websites including At-Tamkin.
The narrator in the latest video is Tahmid Rahman Shafi, as in the second video.
The latest video once again opens up the debate on the presence of organisational structure in the country, something the Bangladesh government has vehemently denied till now.