Dhaka: The Islamic State terrorist group has published an infographic claiming 11 operations, including the Gulshan mass attack, carried out by its members in Bangladesh. However, the group has refrained from mentioning five other attacks committed since January that they previously took credit for, reports the Dhaka Tribune.
The photo post published by its media channel, Amaq news agency, also did not claim the IS-style attack on the police near Sholakia Eidgah in Kishoreganj that killed three people on Eid day. The denied attacks include the murder of two homoeopaths in Jhenaidah and a Rajshahi University professor and two other similar attacks – on a Hindu priest in Gopalganj and a Hindu college teacher in Madaripur.
The Bangladeshi government has always denied the presence of IS base in the country and instead blamed the local banned militant groups for the killings. However, the police suspects that one of the several sections of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) might have established contact with IS. They have found involvement of several outlawed groups – JMB, Ansarullah Bangla Team (believed to be representing al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent) and Hizb ut-Tahrir – in most of the attacks claimed by IS.