Bangladesh considering pre-paid handset registration scheme to combat terrorism

23 Jan 2006

Bangladesh is planning to introduce a scheme to register all pre-paid mobile handsets so that the government can track their ownership. The move is being promoted in an effort to clamp down on the use of unregistered mobile phones by local terrorists. The country’s five network operators were told of the state’s plan last Thursday, at a meeting attended by the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission and intelligence officials. There have been reports that the illegal militant group Jamayetul Mujahideen has used mobile phones to plan their terrorist activities. The group has been blamed for more than 400 synchronised blasts across Bangladesh last August, and a series of subsequent bombings, including several suicide attacks. A total of 28 people have died, including four suicide bombers.

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