A day after the worst kind of terror attack in the country, Bangladesh released the names and photographs of five of the six terrorists killed in the commando operation.
According to the Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan the five are members of the Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, or JMB, but not IS.
“They are all Bangladeshis. They are from rich families, they have good educational background,” Khan said.
According to the authorities, the first names of the terrorists are: Akash, Badhon, Bikash, Don and Ripon.
Officials make STUNNING statement about identity of Dhaka attackers https://t.co/pqS1PoNkxw pic.twitter.com/mLUWKwcIyQ — Allen West (@AllenWest) 3 July 2016
Officials make STUNNING statement about identity of Dhaka attackers https://t.co/pqS1PoNkxw pic.twitter.com/mLUWKwcIyQ
— Allen West (@AllenWest) 3 July 2016
The Home Minister asserted that there is no presence of Islamic State in Bangladesh despite the barbaric terror group itself claiming the attack on its website, as reported by SITE, at the time when the hostage crisis was on.
An injured man being helped by police and other security personnel.
One terrorist was captured by the authorities. The seven heavily armed men killed 20 people inside the restaurant, including three Bangladeshis, seven Japanese, nine Italians, and one 19-year-old Indian. Two police officers died fighting the terrorists.
The terrorists had tortured their attackers before commandos rescued 13 hostages in the operation that ended an over 10-hour-long crisis.
Her adviser said this:
Some of our religious based parties have a propensity towards violence&fundamentalism,Islamic extremism:Gowher Rizvi pic.twitter.com/31QfJmPxt0 — ANI (@ANI_news) 3 July 2016
Some of our religious based parties have a propensity towards violence&fundamentalism,Islamic extremism:Gowher Rizvi pic.twitter.com/31QfJmPxt0
— ANI (@ANI_news) 3 July 2016
In the last three years, Bangladesh has witnessed at least 40 attacks on minorities and seculars of the country by machete wielding Islamists. In some killings, Islamic State claimed responsibility.
Signs of a civil war like situation in Bangladesh had first become apparent during the February 2013 Shahbag protests. The protests were held to demand capital punishment for a Bangladeshi war criminal who had supported Pakistan and carried out massacres of innocents during the 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh.
The protestors had demanded banning of Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami – a radical Islamist party allied to Bangladesh Nationalist Party of Hasina’s opponent Khaleda Zia.
The protests became violent because of a counter-protest launched by supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami.
It was after the protests at Shahbag that the killings of the seculars, liberals, minorities, and foreign aid workers began in Bangladesh.