Counter terrorism officials in Bangladesh have arrested Jahangir Alam for questioning, another suspected mastermind of the July attack on a bakery in Dhaka.
Tahmid Hasib Khan and Hasnat Karim were among 32 survivors rescued by police and taken into custody for questioning by the authorities.
In defending Islam against critics, the preacher’s facile, tactless and naive claims about its superiority violated basic norms of tolerance. Whether that amounts to instigation of terrorism against others or is enough to condemn him is another matter.
Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury is alleged to have been the mastermind of the attack on the cafe.
Hasnat’s family wonders if the British High Commission would have been more adept if Hasnat had not been Muslim or Bengali.
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 Dhaka terrorist attack happened within an overall environment of breakdown of governance and law enforcement. Unless we focus there, we will never start to mend the structure within which such events play out.
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 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 police had earlier said that chef Saiful Islam Chowkidar was innocent and had been mistakenly shot by them, but they have revised their statement.
We have created our own demon. “IS” or whichever shadow political player is behind this, they just found the sweet spot – our abandoned children.