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Home minister: Threats from militants a part of international conspiracy

  • Published at 03:49 pm May 5th, 2019
File photo of home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal responds to journalists’ query at Tejgaon in Dhaka on Sunday, May 5, 2019 Collected

Special security to be provided to those who received threat

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has said people are not scared of threats of militant attacks in Bangladesh, as described in the ‘Lone Wolf’ magazine.

“It is a part of international conspiracy,” the minister said responding to journalists’ query at a fresher’s reception and send-off program at Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) on Sunday.

“The civil society members who received threats by the militant outfit will be provided with special security,” he added.

‘Lone Wolf’

In its March, 2019 issue, a Telegram app-circulated magazine ‘Lone Wolf’, gave threat that the Islamists militants have now targeted Bangladesh and its neighbor India for their future lone wolf attacks.

It even features a possible list of targets in Bangladesh, which include eminent historian Prof Muntasir Mamun and president of Ekattorer Ghatok Dalal Nirmul Committee, Shahriar Kabir, and human rights activists Sultana Kamal.   

The publication appears to be a DIY (do it yourself) manual for lone wolf attacks. 

A lone terrorist or “Lone Wolf,” is someone who prepares and commits violent acts alone, outside of any command structure and without material assistance from any group. Despite their name, so-called “lone wolf” terrorists do not work alone; they can be organised into “wolf packs”. Both terms describe terror cells that operate without the knowledge or financial support of their parent body.

General Dairies filed

Following the threat made by ‘Lone Wolf’ magazine, noted human rights activist Sultana Kamal filed a general dairy (GD) with Dhanmondi police station seeking security on Saturday, and a day after Prof Muntasir Mamun also filed a separate GD yesterday.

Expressing grave concern over the death threat, they sought steps for their security.

In the GD, Sultana Kamal also stated that the United Nations and different international rights groups had already asked her to know that what kind of steps have been taken by the Bangladesh government over her security as a human rights activist.

Home minister rules out militant threat

However, ruling out militant threat, the home minister said that the people of the country aren’t afraid of such threats published in ‘Lone Wolf’ magazine. 

Skills and capabilities of the security agencies have been increased as they are working to thwart militants, one after another, said the home minister.

Mentioning that Bangladesh is yet to fully oust militancy, Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “That doesn’t mean our security forces are sitting idle. We never said that out law enforcers have managed to completely oust militancy from the country, neither saying now.”

He said Bangladesh doesn’t fear of any threat from militants.

He also said, “It was often blamed that madrasa students are active militants, but those who teach Islam can’t produce militants.”

However, he mentioned the “frustrated” youths usually join in militant groups.

Meanwhile, several social right organizations including Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) and Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) has expressed deep concern over the threats and also condemned the incident.

In separate press releases issued yesterday, both the organizations demanded strict security measures for the three eminent citizens.