As the Bangladeshi security forces probed the 11-hour siege that killed 20, while injuring several others in the uptown cafe, Holy Artisan in a diplomatic area in Dhaka, the government had repeatedly denied reports on ISIS claiming responsibility for the attack.
Despite the police investigation on the attackers group, Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh having ISIS links, Bangladesh Home Minister, Asaduzzaman Khan had refuted any claims of the Muslim-Sunni group working from abroad in order to carry out attacks in the country. He had also said that such claims are an effort to undermine the Bangladesh government.
Before Sheikh Hasina government, the former Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has also been reluctant to accept the presence of ISIS terror outfits in the country.
The high-security diplomatic area in Dhaka became an easy target for the ISIS assailants exposing the vulnerability of the state as the ruling government focused on socio-political opposition instead of the possibility of the presence of the Islamic terror group.
On Friday night, a group of seven heavily armed assailants had entered the Holey Artisan cafe in Dhaka killing atleast 20 hostages.
As Sheikh Hasina pays homage to the victims of the attack today, Information Minister in Bangladesh, Hasanul Haq Inu said, “ISIS has no foothold in Bangladesh ground”, denying any reports on ISIS presence in the country.
However, according to Intel sources, there are several PRO groups and arms training camps active in some areas of Bangladesh. Further, more such terror attacks by the ISIS are also predicted.
The clear denial of any presence of the ISIS in the country by the government especially after the deadly attack and ISIS claims indicates dodging the harsh truth of a failed preparedness for the possibility of an event like this.
Therefore, it is time that Sheikh Hasina and her government accepted the presence of an Islamic danger to the country and take immediate and necessary steps for the future.