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Home minister: Issuing security alerts a US 'practice'

  • Published at 07:42 pm April 7th, 2019
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected
File photo of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal Collected

He urged the US to share information regarding threats against their citizens residing or planning to come to Bangladesh

Issuing security alerts across different countries has become a US "practice", Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said.

"We have not received any information on security threats to foreign nationals in our country," he said. "There are no threats. I do not know why the US has issued a security alert."

He added: "It has become a US 'practice' to issue alerts across different countries."

The minister made the remarks while addressing the press after inaugurating a course on “Transnational Crime: Saarc Perspective” at the Police Staff College in Mirpur, Dhaka around 11:30am on Sunday.

The US Embassy in Dhaka issued the security alert on April 3.  

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Earlier, the embassy had issued a travel alert for its citizens planning to travel to Bangladesh.

Commenting on the travel alert, Kamal said: "Recently, US has evaluated Bangladesh as ‘risky’ for visiting citizens. But there are no risks."

He urged the US to share information regarding any threats against its citizens currently in the country or planning to come to Bangladesh.

Kamal said the level of extremism has diminished by a huge scale under the present government. 

He also informed journalists that 614 extremists are going to surrender on Tuesday in Pabna district.

"They are ashamed of their deeds," he said. "We decided to give them a second chance. Necessary steps will be taken to ensure their rehabilitation, if they promise not to get involved in their previous activities again."

Talking about BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's release from jail, he said: "If she applies for bail, we will scrutinize her application. We will inform everyone if she is getting released."

The home minister inaugurated the course as the chief guest. Inspector General of Police Javed Patwary and Public Security Division Secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin were present at the event.

Twenty police officers from four Saarc countries - India, Bhutan, the Maldives and Bangladesh - will get training and share their experiences on dealing with criminal activities across the nations. The program will continue until April 18.