The Islamic State has issued another chilling warning: what happened at Dhaka was but a prelude to a bloodier carnage in Bangladesh.
The terrorists hailed the July 1-2 terror attack at Holey Artisan restaurant in Dhaka’s upscale Gulshan neighbourhood which left 20 people, including an Indian teenager, dead.
According to Dhaka Tribune, the video appears to have been shot in Raqqa, the capital of the IS in Syria. Since the terrorists, numbering three, in the video are speaking fluent Bangla, it is clear that they hail from Bangladesh.
“The Jihad that has come to Bangladesh now has been promised by Prophet Mohammed,” Dhaka tribune quoted the man as saying.
“We will not stop killing the crusaders till then; we will win or die for our religion as martyrs and achieve Sahadaat [martyrdom] … we don’t have anything to lose,” he added.
The man also termed the current form of democracy a Shirk or unforgivable crime.
“I want to ask you a question: how do you support this ‘Shirk’ notion of democracy? Don’t you know that it gives power to people to enforce law and have power whereas the power belongs to Alllah only? [according to the Qur’an]”
“The Holey Artisan incident is our revenge to the lost blood of the hundreds and hundreds of Muslims who were killed,” a second man is quoted as saying in the video.
The report says that the third speaker urged all Muslim brothers and sisters to wage jihad.
SITE intelligence site identified one of the terrorists in the video as Abu Issa al-Bengali. He is heard saying: “What you witnessed in Bangladesh … was a glimpse. This will repeat, repeat and repeat until you lose and we win and the sharia is established throughout the world.”
Despite the Islamic State claiming responsibility of the attack in Holey Artisan restaurant and numerous killings of minorities, seculars and intellectuals of the country, the Bangladeshi government asserted that the terror group has no footing there.
With a government that has not been able to rein in the wave of terror since 2013, economic hardships and an opposition that supports war criminals and fundamentalists, Bangladesh is the perfect country for Islamic State to establish a base in South Asia. That is bad news for India because of a host of reasons including the porous border.
The police is now being criticized for being too slow to retaliate and with their admission that they mistakenly killed the pizza chef of the restaurant thinking he was a terrorist. Authorities had identified five Bangladeshi terrorists who stormed the restaurant as Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, Meer Saameh Mubasheer, Khairul Islam and Shafiqul Islam.