Arab Times

‘More attacks on foreigners’:



Foreigners may be attacked again in Bangladesh, the US State Department said in a travel warning on Tuesday that urged Americans to be cautious and vigilant in that country.

A Japanese citizen was shot dead in Bangladesh on Oct 3 and an Italian aid worker was killed in the same manner in the capital Dhaka on Sept 28 in attacks claimed by the Islamic State militant group.

“There is reliable informatio­n to suggest that terrorist attacks could occur against foreigners in Bangladesh, including against large gatherings of foreigners,” the State Department said in a travel alert that cited the two killings as well as the Oct 24 bombing of a Shi’ite religious procession.

“During 2015 there has been a series of threats and terrorist attacks targeting writers, publishers, and others in the media, including the murder of a US citizen blogger,” it added. “The US government assesses that the terrorist threat remains real and credible, and further attacks are possible.”

Attacks on foreigners are relatively rare in Bangladesh, despite a rising tide of Islamist violence over the past year that has seen four online critics of religious militancy hacked to death, among them a US citizen of Bangladesh­i origin. (RTRS)

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