Thursday, 2 December, 2021

Social fabric prevents terrorists in Bangladesh: Khan

Social fabric prevents terrorists in Bangladesh: Khan

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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan today called the recent phenomenon of clandestine attacks as isolated incidents carried out by homegrown outfits, unlike the terrorist attacks that ravage several parts of the world as he met a US delegation at his office here.


"The entire world is now exposed to terrorist attacks . . . but what you see in Bangladesh are isolated incidents which are carried out by homegrown terrorist outfits," told newsmen emerging from a meeting with the delegation led by US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary William E Tude.


He added: "We want to prevent such isolated incidents as well and prevent the terrorists before any such attack take place (and) we have taken various measures to successfully combat terrorist attacks in the country".


The minister said he also told the delegation that the social outlook was did not allow the terrorists to make Bangladesh as their safe haven.


"We told them (US delegation) that Bangladesh does not face terrorist attacks because our people are not support terrorism . . . no religious preference is visible in the country," Khan said adding that the US delegation admitted and admired the fact.


The minister said Bangladesh and US earlier reached a decision to wage a joint campaign terrorism and extremism.


The minister's meeting with the 15-member delegation lasted for some one hour when US ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat was also present.


"We just have a very good discussion about how we can expand our cooperation in the global fight against terrorism," the US envoy told newsmen after the meeting separately.


She said, "we find very, very strong partner Bangladesh and global fight together."


Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque, DMP commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah, Counter Terrorism and Trans National Crime Unit chief Monirul Islam and officials concerned were present at the meeting.