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Dhaka issues travel alert for Australia

Staff Correspondent

19th March, 2019 10:46:48 printer

Following the recent terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand, Bangladesh has issued a travel alert for its citizens planning to travel to Australia.

The government also asked Bangladeshis living in Australia to be vigilant at all times, particularly in public places, stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources, says a foreign ministry press release.

An Australian identified as Brenton Tarrant has been charged with killing 50 people and injuring 48 people in gun attacks on worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. Five Bangladeshis died and three others injured in the attacks.

The Australian man charged over twin mosque attacks identified himself as a ‘white supremacist’.

Before perpetrating the attacks on worshippers, he declared himself a “racist” in his 74-page manifesto containing slogans, poems and diatribes against immigrants and Muslims.

Hours after the mosque attacks, Australian Senator Fraser Anning issued a statement blaming mosque massacre on Muslims and expressed growing fears within the Australian community of the increasing Muslim presence in Australia and New Zealand.

Such an extremist stand from an Australian lawmaker triggers fears of hatred and racism in Australia, the foreign ministry said.