In the wake of some recent attacks on secular bloggers and writers, the government has banned militant outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team.
The Home Ministry issued a gazette in this regard on Monday.
The government banned Harkatul Jihad Al Islam, Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh (JMJB), Jamaatul Mujahidin Bangladesh (JMB), Harkatul Jihad Al Islami Bangladesh (HuJi B) and Shahadat Al Hikmat in 2005 while Hizbut Tahrir in 2009.
Earlier, the police headquarters had sent a letter to the Home Ministry suggesting the government ban Ansarullah Bangla Team under Article 18 of the anti-terrorism act.
The police report said Ansarullah Bangla team is known worldwide as a large terrorist organisation than the JMB and Harkatul Jihad. They follow the ideology of Al-Qaeda.