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Million-plus take part in hajj pilgrimage under shadow of Gaza war

AL leader Babu ‘confesses to involvement’ in MP Anar murder

Awami League leader Kazi Kamal Ahmed aka Babu, an accused in the case filed over the murder of ruling party MP Anwarul Azim Anar, has given a confessional statement in court. Babu, the relief and social welfare secretary of Jhenaidah Awami League, confessed to his involvement in the murder in court on Friday. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Jasim recorded the statement upon a plea from Detective Branch Assistant Police Commissioner Mahfuzur Rahman. Sub-inspector Jalal Ahmed, the general recording officer for court police, said Babu agreed to give a confessional statement under Section 164 during his remand. Babu was arrested and remanded by the police on suspicion of involvement in Anar's murder. Regarding Babu's arrest and quizzing, DB chief Harunor Rashid said: “After evaluating all the information and evidence, we felt it necessary to question Babu. Accordingly, he was arrested and remanded. We are interrogating him.” Extremist leader Amanullah Sayeed aka Shimul Bhuiyan, his nephew Tanvir Bhuiyan, and Celesty Rahman's mobile phones have also been sent for forensic examination as ordered by the court. The DB petition said after Anar's murder, the four suspects exchanged various information via WhatsApp. It is also necessary to know whether the suspects deleted any information, photos, or videos of the abduction and murder on WhatsApp. Besides Babu, police have obtained an eight-day custody order for Shaidul Karim Mintu, Awami League general secretary, as a suspect in the case. MP Anar went missing on May 11 after travelling to India for medical treatment. His friend, gold merchant Gopal Biswas, filed a General Diary in Kolkata following Anar's disappearance, initiating investigations in both countries. On May 22, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal announced in a press conference in Dhaka that MP Anar had been murdered in a planned manner in a Kolkata residence. Following information provided by Indian police, Bangladesh police arrested Shimul Bhuiyan, Tanvir Bhuiyan, and Celesty Rahman. However, the alleged mastermind, Shaheen, reportedly fled to the United States via Kathmandu, Nepal. In connection with the murder, Kolkata police arrested a butcher named Jihad Howladar. Shaheen's assistant Siam Hossain was arrested in Kathmandu and handed over to Indian police. West Bengal media have reported that police learnt a lot about the murder by interrogating Siam. The CID took Siam on a raid near a canal in Bijoyganj Bazar Thana and recovered bones from a bush in the area. Citing Kolkata police, Indian media have reported that after Anar's murder, Siam and Jihad dismembered his body in a New Town residence and disposed of the pieces in the canal. Siam then returned to the New Town residence. Earlier, police had recovered meat from a septic tank of the Kolkata house. These samples were sent to the Central Forensic Lab of India for DNA testing. The tests later confirmed that the recovered meat and bones belonged to a human male.

US to impose sanctions on Israeli group that attacked Gaza aid convoys

Washington will impose sanctions on an Israeli group on Friday for attacking humanitarian aid convoys bound for starving civilians in Gaza, US officials told, in the latest move targeting actors Washington believes threaten the prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The sanctions will target Tsav 9, a group with ties to Israeli army reservists and Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, over activities including blocking, harassing and damaging aid shipments. Palestinians have been desperately in need of aid as Israel continues its eight-month invasion and bombardment, which has killed at least 37,000 people, according to the territory's health ministry. Israel has also faced accusations of blocking aid, which it denies doing. Right-wing elements in Israel's government, with links to the settler movement, have opposed US President Joe Biden's effort to forge a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas to end the Gaza war that began with Hamas' attacks on southern Israel on Oct 7, which killed around 1,200 people, according to Israeli tallies. The financial sanctions will be imposed under an executive order on West Bank violence Biden signed in February, which was previously used to impose financial restrictions on Jewish settlers involved in attacks on Palestinians as well as a Palestinian militant group. "We're using the authority to sanction an ever-broadening selection of actors, targeting individuals and entities that threaten the peace, security and stability of the West Bank regardless of religion, ethnicity or location," Aaron Forsberg, director of the State Department's office of sanctions policy and implementation, said. On May 13, members of Tsav 9 looted and then set fire to two aid trucks near the West Bank city of Hebron. Hebrew for Order 9, a reference to call-up orders for Israeli military reservists - said after the May 13 incident it acted to stop supplies from reaching Hamas and accused the Israeli government of giving "gifts" to the Islamist group. "For months, individuals from Tzav 9 have repeatedly sought to thwart the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, including by blocking roads, sometimes violently, along their route from Jordan to Gaza, including transiting the West Bank," State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said in a statement seen. "They also have damaged aid trucks and dumped life-saving humanitarian aid onto the road." The move freezes any assets the group holds under US jurisdiction and bars Americans from dealing with it. Democracy for the Arab World Now, a US-based human rights group, this week called for Us sanctions on Tsav 9 and said the group raises funds from Israeli companies and Israeli and US non-profit organisations. DAWN said in a statement that such vigilante groups have enjoyed impunity from Israeli authorities. Palestinians and human rights groups have long accused the Israeli military and police of deliberately failing to intervene when settlers attack Palestinians in the West Bank. Israel arrested four of those involved in the May 13 attack, including a minor, according to lawyers. "We'll continue to use all tools at our disposal to promote accountability for those who attempt to undertake or perpetrate such heinous acts," Forsberg said. "We have raised this at all levels of the government of Israel and we expect that Israeli authorities will do the same."

Euro 2024 to be tournament of the ages

Age records look likely to be broken at the European Championship in Germany with Spain’s Lamine Yamal set to become the youngest player in tournament history and Portugal's Pepe the oldest. Barcelona's Yamal, Spain’s youngest international and goalscorer, will become the most youthful player to appear at the Euro finals if he represents Spain in their Group B opener against Croatia in Berlin. Yamal will be 16 years, 11 months and two days old on Saturday, poised to shatter the record set by Poland's Kacper Kozlowski at the last finals when he took to the field aged 17 years and 246 days. Midfielder Kozlowski broke a record set six days before by England's Jude Bellingham, who was 17 years and 349 days in his first Euro 2020 appearance against Croatia at Wembley. Spain coach Luis de la Fuente was tight-lipped about who would start his side's Euro 2024 opener against Croatia, but praised flying winger Yamal. "He's a young boy with an incredible talent, it's almost a gift from God. Very few players have his attributes in terms of understanding the game," the coach said on Friday. Switzerland’s Johan Vonlanthen is the youngest scorer in the European Championship at the age of 18 years and 141 days against France at Euro 2004. The tournament is also likely to see a new record for the oldest player, held by Hungary's Gabor Kiraly who was 40 years and 86 days old when he kept goal against Belgium in the round of 16 at Euro 2016 in France. Centre back Pepe, however, will be 41 years and 113 days when Portugal take on the Czech Republic in Leipzig on Tuesday.
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