The UK government is to ban two Islamic groups accused of allegedly carrying out attacks in south Asia, ministers announced Tuesday.
Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh and Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi would be added to the list of organisations proscribed under the Terrorism Act.
The additions were unconnected with the attempted car bombings in London and Glasgow, a Home Office statement said.
The minister for counter-terrorism and security, Tony McNulty, published a draft order in parliament today.
Once passed, it will be an offence to belong to or encourage support for either group.
"As events over the last few days have shown only too clearly, the threat we face from terrorism remains real and serious," McNulty said in a statement.
The group's leader, Shaikh Abdur Rahman, and his deputy were among six people hanged in March for their role in the violence. Tehreek Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi is active in tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The group "regularly attacks coalition and Afghan government forces in Afghanistan and provides direct support to and the Taliban", according to the draft order.
Thus far, 44 primarily Islamic organisations have been banned in the UK, along with 14 groups in Northern Ireland outlawed under earlier legislation.
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