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EOS Alerts 15-8-2017

Bangladesh: Suspected Militant Killed During Raid on Hotel in Dhaka

Suspected militant blows himself up when cornered in security raid on hotel

Explosions and gunfire were heard as authorities indicated that a suspected militant was killed during a raid on the Hotel Olio International in Dhaka. Further reports confirmed that a 20-year-old militant blew himself up after being cornered by security forces in the Hotel. Authorities suspect the terrorist was planning to attack a procession at the nearby Bangabandhu Memorial Museum commemorating National Mourning Day. One civilian was injured in the explosion.

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. 

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