Bangladesh seeks global support to fight terror after worst attack

Bangladesh government today pressed charges against several people under Anti-Terrorism Act in connection with the country's worst terror attack as investigators tried to trace the mastermind of the brazen assault in which 22 people were slaughtered by the ISIS.

Responding to media queries regarding the "highly regrettable" provocative stories in the Indian media, the Foreign Office (FO) representative said, "They are utterly baseless and unfounded".

Professor Rizvi called Pakistan's High Commissioner in Dhaka Shuja Alam on Monday to clarify that he had not given any such statement or interview to any Indian news channel.

Earlier, Pakistan had condemned what it said was a "senseless attack" in Dhaka leading to the loss of precious lives and injuries to many innocent people.

It was one of the deadliest militant attacks to date in Bangladesh, where Islamic State and al Qaeda have claimed a series of killings of liberals and religious minorities in the previous year.

Dhaka - A jihadists' video surfaced on the internet has threatened more attacks on Bangladesh as three Bangla-speaking men were seen praising the last week's attacks on a restaurant in Dhaka's Gulshan diplomatic district.

"Over the weekend we became aware through social media discussions that some of the alleged perpetrators of the Bangladeshi terror attacks had reportedly at one time studied at Monash Malaysia as well as attending other universities and schools", Monash University Malaysia spokesman Dr Susheela Nair said in a statement. "Pakistan reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations", the spokesman asserted.

So far, police named five Bangladeshi gunmen who stormed the restaurant who have identified as Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, Meer Saameh Mubasheer, Khairul Islam and Shafiqul Islam.

Two police officers and 20 hostages - nine Italians, seven Japanese, an Indian and three students at American universities - were killed. He had lodged a complaint in January that his son had gone missing since December 30, 2015, a police officer said.

Amarnath Amarasingam, a fellow at the GWUPOE who tracks the social media aspect of the IS, told The Hindu on the phone from Canada that Bangladesh's denial about the IS's role in the attack amounted to "choosing short-term political goals over long-term national security". "The Jihad that has come to Bangladesh now has been promised by Prophet Mohammed", he said.

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