Pressure to admit IS role in recent attacks: Hasina
08 November 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said there is ‘pressure’ on the government ‘to admit’ that the Islamic State (IS) has a role in the recent killings and attacks in Bangladesh.
“As they find nothing is happening in their favour even after burning people to death, they are now resorting to assassination,” she said at a press conference at the Ganabhaban on Sunday.
The press conference was held to brief the media on her just-concluded visit to the Netherlands.
“They are trying to prove the IS’ presence in Bangladesh. If they succeed in doing it, can you imagine what may happen next in Bangladesh?”
“What is happening in Syria, Iraq and Libya? … They want to create a similar situation in Bangladesh.”
“Those who are being held [in connection with the killings and attacks] are involved with a particular party.
“They were involved with either the Chhatra Shibir or the Chhatra Dal.”
During her three-day stay in the Netherlands, a policeman was hacked to death in an attack on a police checkpoint in Ashulia.
Last week, a publisher was killed and another critically injured in two machete attacks.
On Oct 23, a bomb attack at a Shia gathering in Old Dhaka left one dead and scores injured, a day after a police officer was stabbed to death at a checkpoint in the capital.
These incidents followed the killing of two foreigners in Dhaka and Rangpur on Sep 28 and Oct 3.
A number of Hasina’s Cabinet members have claimed that the attacks were aimed at foiling the war crimes trials.
Hasina urged the people to be with her government in the fight against radicalism.