Bangladesh to track missing stu­dents af­ter attacks

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BThe rev­e­la­tion that the at­tack­ers were ed­u­cated, well-off mem­bers of so­ci­ety has sparked fears that Is­lamism has spread far beyond dis­en­fran­chised young­sters be­ing rad­i­calised in madrasas.

angladesh has or­dered schools to no­tify the gov­ern­ment about tru­ant stu­dents in the wake of two deadly attacks by sus­pected Is­lamist ex­trem­ists, sev­eral of whom were at elite uni­ver­si­ties but had been missing for months. Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina called on ev­ery school, col­lege and uni­ver­sity to “cre­ate a list of ab­sent stu­dents and pub­lish it”. Bangladesh has been reel­ing from dozens of attacks since the turn of the year, mainly tar­get­ing sec­u­lar ac­tivists or re­li­gious mi­nori­ties. “We will be rig­or­ous,” the premier said. “We must up­root mil­i­tancy and ter­ror­ism from Bangladesh.”

Three of the al­leged ji­hadists who par­tic­i­pated in an at­tack on a Dhaka cafe last week, in which 20 hostages were mur­dered, at­tended top schools and uni­ver­si­ties in the Bangladeshi cap­i­tal.

The rev­e­la­tion that the at­tack­ers were ed­u­cated, well-off mem­bers of so­ci­ety has sparked fears that Is­lamism has spread far beyond dis­en­fran­chised young­sters be­ing rad­i­calised in madrasas. School au­thor­i­ties would now have to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on any stu­dents who have an un­ex­plained ab­sence of 10 days or more, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Nu­rul Is­lam Nahid said. Times of In­dia

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