Bangladesh’s anti-militancy drives have ruled out extremist groups’ capacity to the extent that they are no longer capable of launching large-scale attacks, the counter-terrorism unit chief of the police said Tuesday.
“I don’d think are capable of carrying out such big attacks,” Monirul Islam told ‘meet-the-press’ programme of Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (Crab) at Cirdap auditorium.
Monirul said police and intelligence agencies are alert to fend off the recurrence of attacks.
Bangladesh has adopted a zero-tolerance policy against terrorism and militancy. A number of people, identified as terrorists and militants, have been killed in ‘gunfights’ and raids by the law enforcement agencies across the country over the months.
Monirul said Dhaka has successfully curbed terrorism following the Holey Artisan attack, the deadliest in the country’s history. “But we haven’t been able to root them out.”
Monirul said the government has undertaken many anti-militancy programmes. “The continuation of drives will prevent militants from carrying out any attack,” he said.