EOS Alerts 5-9-2017
Bangladesh: Suspected Militant Holed-Up with Explosives
Suspected militant battling against the RAB in Mirpur
Explosions and gunfire have been reported, as a suspected militant holed-up with a significant cache of explosives inside a six-storey building on Mazar Road in Mirpur, Dhaka. Crude bombs and Molotov cocktails have been hurled towards Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) forces, who have surrounded the building. No injured have been reported and security operations remain ongoing.
There is a high threat of terrorism in Bangladesh, with information suggesting that militants’ active within the country are planning to target Western interests. Some groups have associated themselves with transnational terrorist groups such as al- Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Daesh). Since September 2015, ISIL and ISIL linked groups have claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Bangladesh. In March 2017, Islamic State claimed responsibility for two failed suicide attacks within close proximity to Dhaka’s Shahjalal International Airport. In both instances, the suicide bomber detonated his explosives, managing to kill only himself. Foreigners and religious minorities have been amongst those targeted in Bangladesh. Groups affiliated and linked to AQIS are also active and have claimed responsibility for the murders of several people who they considered to have views and lifestyles contrary to Islam. Online activists, including secular bloggers and members of the LGBT community are often targeted.
Those operating or residing in Bangladesh are advised to be aware of the continued high threat of terrorism within the country. If you do decide to travel, remain on high alert and monitor local media for additional security information. Report any suspicious packages, activity or behaviour to the local authorities.