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US watching Bangladesh situation very closely

US watching Bangladesh situation very closely

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The United States said it is watching the Bangladesh situation “very closely” after the murder of LGBT activist Xulhaz and his friend.
“The U.S focus remains on urging the Government of Bangladesh to provide a more secure environment for all of its citizens, one that nurtures the spirit of the people of Bangladesh and the pride with which they guard their own traditions of tolerance, peace, and diversity,” US State Department spokesperson John Kirby told the daily press brief on Monday.
After the murder of Xulhaz and his friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, the US came up with a series of statements expressing concerns over rising extremists’ attacks on free-thinkers, writers and bloggers in Bangladesh and urged the government to accelerate measures to ensure security for all the citizens. “We have raised our concerns over recent problems there. We’re going to continue to do that. I don’t have more specific initiatives to lay before you, but I can tell you we’re watching this very closely and we are in touch,” John Kirby said.
Earlier on April 30, Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner said situation inside Bangladesh is complex when the ISIS and Al-Qaeda claims responsibility of recent killings while the government statement comes different.
Bangladesh’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) magazine editor Xulhaz Mannan, along with his friend Mahbub Tony, also a theatre activist, were hacked to death at his residence in Dhaka’s Kalabagan on April 25.
The Islamic State (IS) and AQIS have been claiming responsibility of the targeted killings of secular writers, online activists and liberal publishers in Bangladesh during the last one year, including killing of a Rajshahi university professor.
The Bangladesh government, however, denies existence of IS or AQIS in the country and describes the killings as being masterminded by ‘home-grown Islamist radicals’.