'Extremists may think, we will do something in Bangladesh. But they do not have the ability to organize an attack in Bangladesh'
Police counter terrorism chief Monirul Islam anticipates that extremists may inspire globally in the event of a series of bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.
The head of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism and transnational Crime (CTTC) unit said: “Extremists may think, we will do something in Bangladesh. But they do not have the ability to organize an attack in Bangladesh.”
He was speaking at a program organized by Bangladesh Crime Reporters Association (CRAB) and CTTC in the CIRDAP Auditorium in Dhaka on Tuesday.
“Many countries thought we could not stop militancy or extremism after the Holey Artisan attack. But militancy has been controlled by the government's policy of zero tolerance and cooperation of all people,” he said.
He admitted that it was not entirely eliminated.
“Terrorism or militancy is a doctrine, so the terrorists believe in this ideology. Many of them have already been brought under the law, and many are under surveillance,” he added.
CTTC chief said that after any attack, terrorists in other countries are encouraged and try to imitate that attack.
“After the Holey Artisan, a group of Indonesianswere inspired. After the New Zealand attacks, some groups have been active in anti-Christian and anti-Semitic propaganda,” he said.
The CTTC chief said that while there was a suicide group in the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), they never targeted any religious group.
“The last riot that took place last year in Sri Lanka is between Buddhists and Muslims,” he said.
“But the attack that took place in Sri Lanka's churches and hotels, it is undoubtedly terrorism,” he added.
He also said: “We heard from different sources that an intelligence report was given that Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania could directly attack churches and the Indian mission. All those who carried out the attack were citizens of that country. From the nature of the attack, we can understand that outside groupswere involved.”
“A large number of people from the Maldives have joined the IS. There is maritime communication between Maldives and Sri Lanka. Besides, parts of National Tauhid Jamaat also took the IS bayat. However, it is difficult to say whether any of them were among the attackers,” he added.