Bangladesh ar­rests 5,000 in crack­down

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Po­lice in Bangladesh have ar­rested more than 5,000 crim­i­nal sus­pects in the past few days as they con­tinue a na­tion­wide crack­down to try and stop a grow­ing wave of bru­tal at­tacks on mi­nori­ties and ac­tivists. Since the crack­down be­gan on Thurs­day, po­lice have ar­rested 5,324 peo­ple, in­clud­ing 85 sus­pected Is­lamist rad­i­cals, said po­lice spokesman Kam­rul Ah­san. The ma­jor­ity of those ar­rested have petty crim­i­nal records. More ar­rests are ex­pected through this week. At least 18 peo­ple, in­clud­ing athe­ist blog­gers, for­eign aid work­ers and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties, have been killed in at­tacks over the last two years. In sep­a­rate in­ci­dents last week, two Hin­dus were fa­tally at­tacked. The at­tacks have raised ques­tions about whether Bangladesh’s sec­u­lar govern­ment can pro­tect mi­nori­ties.

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