IS claims responsibility for attack on cops at Savar
05 November 2015, Nirapad News: Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack on a police check post in Savar on Wednesday that left a constable dead, monitoring group SITE says.
Unknown assailants attacked a check post at Savar upazila of Dhaka district around 8am and hacked up the constables on duty with sharp weapons killing one and leaving another seriously injured. In a web post on Nov 4, SITE said that it had tracked the militant group’s post claiming the attack.
SITE Intelligence Group had earlier reported that IS claimed the murders of two foreigners—Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella in Dhaka and Japanese national Kunio Hoshi in Rangpur and the bombings on a Shia gathering in Old Dhaka that left two killed.
Who are the SITE Intelligence Group?
Once a little known research group, the SITE intelligence surprised many last year when it published a video showing the murder of American journalist Steven Joel Sotloff even before the jihadist did.
According to the UK-based newspaper The Independent, SITE (it stands for ‘Search for International Terrorist Entities’) is a for-profit US-based consultancy group that monitors and tracks the activities of “international terrorists and the global jihadist network”.
The group has ties to both the US government and commercial clients and specialises in monitoring the online activities of jihadist and issue warning to their clients, the newspaper said in an article last year.
A profile of Rita Katz, the Director and co-founder of the SITE Intelligence Group, said she studied, tracked, and analysed international terrorists, the global jihadist network and terrorism financing for more than a decade.
The New Yorker magazine in 2006 described SITE’s customers as “people in government […] frustrated by how long it takes to get information through official channels” as well as “people in corporate security and in the media”.
The Independent said in 2004 Katz was commended by the FBI for her contributions to counter terrorism investigations, and in 2007 her group was credited with finding the first videos of Osama bin Laden after three years of silence,