The home minister suspects a ‘different motive’ behind Islamic State reportedly claiming credit for ‘any incidents’ in Bangladesh.
Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday again said the law-enforcing and intelligence agencies have not found any ‘organisational presence’ of the ultra-hard-line militant group in the country.
“IS releases statement whenever something happens. This can be a propaganda or have different motive. We are investigating.”
“Harkat-ul-Jihad(-al-Islami), JMB, Ansarullah (Bangla Team), (Islami Chhatra) Shibir... every one of them are connected,” the minister told reporters after a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee on the home ministry.
His remarks came a day after monitoring group SITE reported that IS had claimed responsibility for a bomb attack that targeted a gathering of Shia Muslims in Dhaka in the early hours of Saturday.
Kamal said, “We are becoming victims of a conspiracy. Some other terrorists may be doing this. We’ll publish our ongoing investigation’s findings on who is involved with whom. We’ll let you know very soon.”
IS had also claimed responsibility for the recent murders of two foreign nationals in Bangladesh, according to SITE.
Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella and Japanese national Kunio Hoshi were shot dead in Dhaka and Rangpur on Sep 28 and Oct 3, respectively.
MP Tipu Munshi, head of the parliamentary standing committee, said police told the panel that their investigation into Tavella’s murder was at the ‘final stages’.
“They told us that they will submit their report very soon,” he added.
Asked whether Tavella’s killers were identified, Munshi said, “They (police) said the real killers have been identified. They will soon let us know about that too."
However, police would need ‘more time’ for a breakthrough in the Hoshi murder case, Munshi said.
The panel chief also said the murders of the foreigners and the bomb attack on the Shia gathering at Old Dhaka’s Hossaini Dalan were ‘connected’.
The series of blasts early on Saturday killed a teenager and wounded dozens as Shia Muslims gathered there for a procession to mark the holy day of Ashura.
“All these are connected by the same thread. Domestic and international conspiracies are behind these incidents. These attacks are taking place to destabilise the country,” Munshi said.