Israel Is To Blame For Islamist Attacks, Claims Bangladeshi Politician

A Muslim protester holds a pro-Islamic rule sign during a protest outside the embassy of Bangladesh in central London on March 1, 2013, a day after the vice president of Jamaat-e-Islami party was found guilty of murder, religious persecution and rape by a war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh

The Washington Post reports: Bangladesh has been in the grips of a hideous spate of assassinations and attacks on secularist intellectuals, academics and non-Muslims and others in the crosshairs of Islamist militants.

The latest killing took place on Sunday, when the wife of an anti-terrorism police officer was brutally stabbed to death and shot by unidentified assailants in the port city of Chittagong.

On the same day, a Christian grocer was butchered in a village in the north of the country–a media wing linked to the Islamic State took credit, though it’s still unclear what actual tactical abilities the extremist organization based in Syria and Iraq has in South Asia.

As WorldViews has discussed almost each time such a murder has taken place in Bangladesh, the continuing violence exposes the failure of Bangladeshi authorities to deal with the threat.

One senior official, though, suggested the root of the problem lay far away.

“Bangladesh has become the target of an international conspiracy. And a foreign intelligence agency has joined the conspiracy,” Asaduzzaman Khan, the country’s home minister, said on Monday.

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