The death toll could rise further as rescuers search for bodies and many still remain missing.
“This Subodh is representative of Bangladesh at the present time. He is the representative of the unemployed and the marginalised people. He is the representative of good sense.”
Police urged the militants in Nasirpur, northeast of the capital Dhaka, to give themselves up on Wednesday, but instead they detonated the grenade.
The explosions in the northeastern district of Sylhet came a day after a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security checkpoint near the country’s main airport in an attack claimed by ISIS.
The militant group said it killed many officers and wounded others, an account not confirmed by authorities.
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.
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Two Islamist militants, including one of the masterminds of last year’s Dhaka cafe terror attack, were killed in a gunfight with police during a pre-dawn raid.
As cities trumpet their liveability, creativity and greenness, many informal settlement activities are often relegated to the shadows.
The attack, which was claimed by ISIS, had alarmed security and political experts because of the profile of the perpetrators: educated youths from privileged backgrounds who had turned to radical Islamism only recently.
Three Islamist militants were cornered in a hideout on the outskirts of the capital and, having refused to surrender, were killed in the ensuing gun battle.
By June 2019, the government will distribute half a million ‘household silos’ to people in flood prone areas, to keep their food stocks safe.
Tahmid Hasib Khan and Hasnat Reza Karim are caught in a turf war between different law enforcement and intelligence agencies as the government tries to justify the month-long detainment of the two men.
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.
Ishrat Akhond, a woman in the restaurant, refused even to identify herself as Muslim and court release. She abjured Islam itself as a global identity and mission, and in doing so recovered her particularity as a Muslim.
It is not possible to stop all terror attacks. Whether they like it or not, ordinary people need to adopt a soldier-like mentality in the face of an incident.
It is time to reevaluate if the Bush-era tactics – fighting violence with greater violence, and erecting security barriers and surveillance regimes everywhere – are adequate or suitable for a country facing homegrown radicals who aspire to represent global terror franchises.
The blast occurred near the entrance of what is being reported as the country’s largest Eid congregation.
The Mumbai-based televangelist’s relations with the country are marked by the deep political pathologies the country suffers from and is nothing short of extraordinary.
Police believes that Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, a domestic Islamist group had a significant role in organising the attackers.
We have created our own demon. “IS” or whichever shadow political player is behind this, they just found the sweet spot – our abandoned children.
I recently learnt my friend Faraaz was given the opportunity to save his own skin. But anybody that has known Faraaz wouldn’t be surprised by what he did. He stuck around and refused to give up on his friends. He was Muslim and Bangladeshi but he would not leave behind his Indian friend and his Bangladeshi friend.
The attack in Dhaka could be the work of local radical groups seeking publicity through their gruesome acts but the common discourse is international
If you do not demand truth and accountability, if you love to live powerless lives, then please know that men caged in darkness, distrust,and fear cannot fight. They can only die.
Analysts see new phase, tactics in terror campaign of the Islamic State
The Indian national has been identified as Tarishi Jain, a student of University of California in Berkeley. Jain was in Dhaka for vacations.
Bangladesh has seen an increase in militant violence in the last year and a half, with a series of deadly attacks targeting atheists, gays, liberals, foreigners and members of religious minorities.
In an escalation of violence against liberals, atheists, foreigners, gays and religious minorities, ISIS and al Qaeda have claimed responsibility for more than 30 killings since early 2015.
The attack comes days after a Hindu priest was killed by suspected ISIS jihadists in the Muslim-majority nation, which has recently seen a string of brutal attacks by Islamists on religious minorities and secular activists.
Hackers broke into the computer systems of the Bangladesh central bank and transferred $951 million of its deposits, held at the New York Federal Reserve Bank, to accounts in the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
The Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s latest measure plans to raise the level of cybersecurity at banks in Hong Kong through a three-pronged approach.
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.
Bangladesh’s capital city of 20 million people is growing by close to 5% a year, in part as rural families migrate to the city seeking work or having lost their homes to worsening river erosion and storm surges.
A tribute to a soldier who played a decisive role in one of India’s greatest war victories