Bangladesh PM Hasina Vows to Intensify Anti-Terror Clampdown

After a Hindu priest was hacked to death, PM Sheikh Hasina vowed that the perpetrators would be brought to justice.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina during his  visit to Bangladesh. (Photo: AP)

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promised to intensify a nationwide anti-terror clampdown, a day after a Hindu priest was hacked to death by ISIS jihadists in Bangladesh.

The call comes even as the country witnesses a wave of deadly attacks on secular activists and minorities by militants.

If they (militants) think they can turn Bangladesh upside down, they are wrong... they will be exposed to justice in the soil of Bangladesh and their patrons will also not be spared. Security forces will continue to track down militants in the country and they will be brought to justice even if it takes years or decades.
Sheikh Hasina

Hasina’s comments came after three operatives of the outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) were killed in two pre-dawn security raids early on Tuesday in Dhaka and north-western Rajshahi. Another member of the outfit was killed overnight at Shibganj sub-district in north west Bogra.

We raided the village in Shibganj after midnight on Tuesday on a secret tip ... Sensing our presence, they (JMB men) opened fire and hurled bombs, forcing us to retaliate when the Jausar (slain militant) was killed.
Police Officer in Bogra

A senior police officer familiar with the crackdowns said two of the slain JMB operatives were being looked for in connection with an attack on a Shiite Mosque last year in Bogra. “One of them was killed early this morning in Shibganj while the other was killed yesterday in Dhaka’s Kalshi area.”

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