Militants now target Bangladesh !

Md Esarraf Hossain

25 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

In the wake of a string of deadly bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 359 people, intelligence agencies apprehend that Bangladesh may come under such terror attack.

Home-grown militants having link with international terrorist outfits like IS may carry out Sri Lanka-like bomb attacks in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country, a top intelligence official said.

Referring to the horrible incident in the neighboring country, he said they will soon issue warning to the authorities concerned about the possible militant attacks in Bangladesh.

The official termed the terror incident in Sri Lanka a part of international conspiracy and said militant groups may commit such terror attacks in Bangladesh to put the government in trouble.

Members of different law enforcing agencies, including police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), have been kept alert after Sunday’s bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.

All-out security measures have been taken at all international airports, including Hazrat Shah Jalal, to prevent entry of any militants.

Security personnel, including members of immigration and intelligence branches, have been put on high alert so that militants cannot enter Bangladesh through any airports, intelligence sources said.

Massive security measures have been taken in the capital and elsewhere in the country, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Masudur Rahman said. 

As part of the security measures, the number of check posts has been increased at different parts of the capital, including its diplomatic zone — Gulshan and Baridhara.

Besides, plainclothes detective police are also keeping a close watch on different strategic points, the DMP official said.

Besides, security has been beefed up at all the key point installations, including Secretariat, High Court and airports, and other important places such as bus terminals, railway stations and shopping malls, he added.

Sohel Rana, Assistant Inspector General of Police at police headquarters, however, said there is no threat of sabotage in Bangladesh following the terror attacks in Sri Lanka.

“Still Bangladesh police are on high alert,” he told the daily sun.

Meanwhile, talking to newsmen, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Bangladesh’s security forces have remained prepared to tackle any untoward incidents.

“People of our country believe in brotherhood. Bangladesh is a country of communal harmony. We don’t want to see any attack on church, mosque or temple in our country,” he said.

People everywhere from religious institution to educational institution and shopping mall to restaurant, remained panic stricken after the Sri Lanka bomb attacks.

Both the uniformed police teams and plainclothes detectives are carrying out massive hunt in the capital and elsewhere in the country to nab the criminals, sources said.  

Besides, all entry and exist points, including land ports, airports and naval ports in the country have been alerted to any terrorist attacks.

Sri Lanka government has blamed the blasts on local Islamist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ).

Police detained 40 suspects in the attack and all of them are Sri Lankan nationals.

Islamic State (IS) said it had “targeted nationals of the crusader alliance [anti-IS US-led coalition] and Christians in Sri Lanka” via its Amaq news outlet.

Earlier, the country’s defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament that NTJ was linked to another radical Islamist group ‘JMI’. He gave no further details.