5,000 ar­rested in Ban­galadesh crack­down on ex­trem­ists

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

DHAKA—Po­lice in Bangladesh said Mondqay that they have ar­rested more than 5,000 crim­i­nal sus­pects in the past few days as they con­tinue a na­tion­wide crack­down mi­nori­ties, have been killed in at­tacks over the last two years. In sep­a­rate in­ci­dents last week, two Hin­dus were fa­tally at­tacked.

The at­tacks have alarmed the in­ter­na­tional and de­feat their bid to es­tab­lish Is­lamic rule in the coun­try.

Author­i­ties have ar­rested sus­pects in some of the 18 at­tacks, mostly lowlevel op­er­a­tives ac­cused of fol­low­ing or­ders to carry out at­tacks, but none has been pros­e­cuted. Po­lice have said they are wait­ing un­til in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­plete be­fore tak­ing any sus­pects to court.

Al­most all the at­tacks have been claimed by transna­tional Is­lamist ex­trem­ist groups, in­clud­ing the ISIS group and al-Qaeda af­fil­i­ates. The killing Fri­day of a Hindu ashram worker in north­ern Bangladesh was also claimed by ISIS, ac­cord­ing to the SITE In­tel­li­gence Group, which mon­i­tors ji­hadist ac­tiv­ity on­line.

Hasina’s govern­ment, how­ever, says transna­tional ter­ror groups have no pres­ence in the South Asian na­tion of 160 mil­lion. It blames the at­tacks on do­mes­tic groups aligned with political op­po­si­tion par­ties, though it has pre­sented no ev­i­dence of such a cam­paign and the op­po­si­tion de­nies the al­le­ga­tions.—Agen­cies when he be­came the imam. Ma­teen did not so­cial­ize, leav­ing when ser­vices ended. He didn’t talk but would smile and shake hands, Rah­man said.

The imam said it was “un­be­liev­able” that a heav­il­yarmed Ma­teen car­ried out a ram­page at a gay club in Or­lando, killing 50 peo­ple and wound­ing 53. It was the dead­li­est ter­ror at­tack in the United States since Septem­ber 11, 2001.—Agen­cies

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