Kerry offers BD FBI help as police probe attackers’ links
DHAKA—US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina help to investigate those behind the killing of 20 people at a Dhaka restaurant, as police examine how the young, affluent and educated attackers were radicalised.
Police have said all six gunmen killed in Friday’s attack, unprecedented in Bangladesh for its scale and brutality, were locals, leaving authorities rattled by the apparent spread of extremist ideology in a country until recently viewed as a relatively stable secular democracy.
The militant Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attack and posted pictures of five grinning fighters in front of a black flag who it said were involved in the attack.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan rejected those claims, blaming Jamaat-ulMujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a local militant group which claims to represent IS but has no proven links.
Kerry spoke to Hasina on the telephone and offered FBI help in the investigation.
“The Secretary (Kerry) encouraged the government of Bangladesh to conduct its investigation in accordance with the highest international standards and offered immediate assistance from US law enforcement, including the FBI,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. Khan told Reuters in an interview that home-grown militants responsible for a wave of killings against individual members of minority groups in the past year and a half were to blame.—Reuters