US intel warns of expansion of terror groups in Bangladesh

Arifa
By Arifa February 11, 2016 14:21

US intel warns of expansion of terror groups in Bangladesh

The US intelligence chief has said efforts by Bangladesh’s prime minister to undermine the political opposition will probably provide openings for transnational terrorist groups to expand their presence in the South Asian country.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper questioned yesterday Bangladesh’s public insistence that the killings of foreigners were the work of the BNP and the Jamaat-e-Islami and are intended to discredit the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

In written testimony to a Senate hearing on worldwide threats, Clapper noted the claims of responsibility from the Islamic State group for 11 high profile attacks on foreigners and religious minorities, and claims from the Ansarullah Bangla Team and al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) for killing at least 11 progressive writers and bloggers in Bangladesh since 2013.

Bangladesh is a Muslim country with traditions of secularism and tolerance but it has become increasingly troubled by extremist violence.

The government has denied that the Islamic State group has a presence in the country, and has accused domestic Islamist groups and political opponents for the violence.

Bangladesh has been in political ferment since the run-up to January 2014 elections that were boycotted by opposition parties in the BNP-led political alliance, and over war crimes prosecutions brought against Jamaat leaders over alleged involvement in atrocities during Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence.

Source: AP

Comments

comments

Arifa
By Arifa February 11, 2016 14:21
Write a comment

No Comments

No Comments Yet!

Let me tell You a sad story ! There are no comments yet, but You can be first one to comment this article.

Write a comment

Only registered users can comment.

Follow me on Twitter

Facebook

12 hours ago
Rohingya Daily News 23 February 2017

WATCH: #Rohingya Daily News 23 February 2017

RVISION is the first Rohingya TV channel that enact as the watchdog of the Rohingya’s issues, translates Rohingya’s grieves and inspires through its various ...

LIKE
LOVE
HAHA
WOW
SAD
ANGRY
« 1 of 411 »

Subscribe with us

Name
Email *