5,000 arrested in Bangaladesh crackdown on extremists
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