The suicide attack near a RAB camp in Dhaka signals a worrying new challenge in our fight against terror.
While it is a relief that no one other than the attacker himself died in the attack, the event gives us a glimpse of the nature of the threat we are dealing with.
Last year’s Holey Artisan Bakery shook the country to the core, and it is up to the government to ensure that something like that doesn’t happen again.
Religious extremism is very much alive and thriving in our country, and we can no longer sit back and watch with our tails tucked in between our legs.
This has been made further evident by the release of the Islamic State video of Bangladeshi Neaz Morshed, who blew himself up in Iraq in March two years ago, with the video calling for more attack of its kind from fellow Bangladeshis.
Terrorism can only be fought with action, not reaction.
Though life has returned to normal for most Bangladeshis, we cannot afford to let our guard down. Terrorism doesn’t sleep, and neither can our vigilance in protecting the citizens of this country.
The Bangladeshi authorities need to trace the root causes of terrorism in the country, whether or not these extremists have international connections, and work with its friends around the world to work towards eliminating the threat of terrorism once and for all.
Suicide bombings of such a nature mean that the extremists have a new trick up their sleeve.
We cannot afford to let them regroup and strike again.