US Ambassador to Dhaka Marcia Bernicat has said Washington's designation of 'ISIS-Bangladesh' as foreign terrorists does not indicate the existence of terrorist outfit Islamic State here.
"It is not about saying that ISIS has a presence here. There are groups and individuals who have claimed their violent acts in the name of ISIS," she told reporters after attending a civil rights panel discussion at the EMK Center in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the US State Department announced the decision to designate seven ISIS-affiliated groups: ISIS-West Africa, ISIS-Somalia, ISIS-Egypt, ISIS-Bangladesh, ISIS-Philippines, the Maute Group, and Jund al-Khilafah-Tunisia.
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It also named two ISIS-affiliated leaders: Mahad Moalim and Abu Musab al-Barnawi.
Bernicat also said this designation was used to strengthen legal measures so that the government can investigate and prosecute people who are aiding and abetting terrorism.