Bangladesh has seen a rise in attacks on foreigners, liberals and religious minorities, with al Qaeda and ISIS claiming responsibility but the government blaming domestic militants instead.
Nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown launched after nine policemen were killed in attacks on border posts on October 9 that Myanmar blamed on Rohingya militants.
Police have killed about 50 suspected militants in shootouts since the attack, including the man they say was its main planner.
Since October nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh.
An island which floods at high tide seems to be the only possible solution Bangladesh could come up with to relocate around 69,000 fled Rohingya Muslims.
The Philippines has handed over $15.25 million to Bangladesh of the $81 million that was transferred to four bank accounts in Manila during the heist.
The suspect, known as Murad, was the head of the military wing of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, which has pledged allegiance to ISIS.
The police believe the nine militants, suspected to be members of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, were planning an attack a similar to the Dhaka cafe attack.
The country has seen a rise in extremist violence over the past year with a series of attacks on bloggers and university teachers, culminating in the Dhaka attacks on July 1.
Police believes that Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, a domestic Islamist group had a significant role in organising the attackers.
The militant, identified as Sharif, was one of the prime suspects in the murder of liberal blogger Avijit Roy.
Bangladesh has arrested more than 11,000 people in a week-long crackdown on Islamists begun on Friday, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has vowed to halt a wave of targeted killings.
The attack came amid a week-long crackdown on Islamists begun on Friday, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina vowed to halt a wave of targeted killings, in which more than 11,000 people have been arrested.
Militants have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh since early last year, with atheist bloggers, liberal academics, gay rights campaigners, foreign aid workers, members of minority Muslim sects and other religious groups among the victims.
Militants have killed more than 30 people in Bangladesh, including members of religious minorities, liberal bloggers and academics, since February last year.
The government has denied that Islamic State or al Qaeda groups have a presence in the country of 160 million and says home-grown Islamists are responsible for the wave of attacks.
The Muslim-majority nation of 160 million people has seen a series of attacks over the past year in which atheist bloggers, academics, religious minorities and foreign aid workers have been killed.
Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was hanged at Dhaka Central jail just after midnight, after the Supreme Court rejected his final plea against a death sentence imposed by a special tribunal.
Bangladesh’s Supreme Court in January upheld the death penalty for Motiur Rahman Nizami, head of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, for genocide, rape and orchestrating the massacre of top intellectuals during the 1971 war.
Police official Abdul Jalil, quoting witnesses, said the attackers fled the scene after killing 50-year-old Nikhil Chandra Joardar outside his shop in the town of Tangail, 80 km (50 miles) northwest of the capital Dhaka.
Xulhaz Mannan, a leading gay rights activist, and his friend were hacked to death in his apartment in Dhaka on Monday.