Bangladesh has sought to reassure the international community despite admitting that in some ways, things will never be the same again – much like the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forever changed the American psyche. Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, in a recent opinion piece published in US News & World Report, a Washington-based media outlet, came up with the assurance mentioning that Bangladesh is still mourning the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka. “But the attack has also steeled Bangladeshis’ determination to make sure the dream of a secular, inclusive, tolerant state doesn’t die,” he wrote. Foreign Ministry here also distributed the article published on August 5 titled “Homegrown Terror: Bangladesh is committed to fighting homegrown terrorism and preserving its secular, inclusive democracy.” Dhaka, UNB News Agency Reported.
“Few can better sympathize with the parents of the victims of the Holey Artisan Bakery than she (Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina). And none is better equipped – or more determined – to fight against homegrown terror and keep the dream of a secular Bangladesh alive,” the Foreign Minister wrote. Bangladesh is all too familiar with homegrown terror, the Foreign Minister said adding that when the young nation was just 4 years old – in 1975 – it experienced a horrific act of terrorism. Rogue members of the Bangladesh military assassinated the father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and most of the members of his family, save for two daughters who were outside the country.
Now, 41 years later, one of those daughters, Sheikh Hasina, is the prime minister of Bangladesh. Terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State group and al-Qaida have remarkable reach around the globe thanks to the internet and the near-ubiquity of smart phones, Mahmood Ali wrote. “They no longer need a base of operations in countries they wish to terrorize. Instead, they recruit online through propaganda videos and message boards. Some of these recruits, including possibly some of the Dhaka attackers, follow up on these remote appeals and visit the terrorists’ base countries to get training.” The Foreign Minister said though Bangladeshi terrorists may pose in front of the black flag of the Islamic State group, but they are not really Islamic State terrorists.
“They are local dissidents who have turned violent and have added another, internationally known name to their treachery. Bangladesh intelligence gathering has confirmed this.” The Foreign Minister said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina broadcast an emotional appeal to parents, asking them to tell police about their missing boys. “Many have already been identified and found; searches for others are underway.”