Despite having tight security measures in place, the United Kingdom on Friday updated its travel alert for its nationals in Bangladesh saying further attacks targeting westerners may occur.
“There’s a high threat from terrorism. Further attacks targeting westerners may occur and could be indiscriminate,” the travel advisory mentioned.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for the recent murders of two foreign nationals, the advisory claimed.
It further mentioned, “You should be particularly vigilant, consider your movements carefully and take appropriate security precautions. Keep a low profile in all public spaces and limit your attendance at events where westerners may gather, for example in hotels or conference centres.”
On the evening of September 28, an Italian citizen was shot and killed at Road 90 of Gulshan diplomatic zone in Dhaka.
On the morning of October 3, a Japanese citizen was shot and killed in Rangpur district, in Northern Bangladesh. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for both murders, it said.
The advisory said there is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. “You should be vigilant at this time.”
Earlier, the government arranged additional security measures for around 224000 foreign nationals in Bangladesh.
The diplomats in a meeting with Foreign and Home Ministers expressed satisfaction over the extra security measures.
However, some embassies in Dhaka kept postponing their events in city and other parts of the country.