Political Advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister, HT Imam on Monday claimed that there were no organised outfits of global terror outfit Islamic State functioning in the country.
Talking about the on-going investigation in the Dhaka terror attack, in which nearly 20 people including several foreign nationals were killed, Imam said that the agencies were probing all possible links in the case.
“Agencies are probing all possible links, let the probe complete,” Imam said in a statement to the media.
“Investigation has started, it could be either of the two (ISI or ISIS),” he added.
At a time when ISIS is facing heat from the west and its facing tough competition for existence from Al-Qaeda in the Middle-East, the group has turned its focus to Asia.
Meanwhile, ISIS’ growing presence in Asia and the recent attack in Bangladesh capital Dhaka has raised questions if the terror organization was planning to make Bangladesh its next hotspot?
Some experts are also suggesting that Bangladesh could be the next hotspot of ISIS, based on its presence growing exponentially in Asia.
The group already has a ‘province’ in Afghanistan and it has claimed of attacks in Philippines and Indonesia as well. The ‘Islamic State in Philippines’ released its first official video, that included statements from Filipino, Indonesian and Malaysian fighters in Syria, two weeks ago. It has also mobilised
its ‘agents’ in the Indian subcontinent with the aim of radicalising youth in India.
Though Bangladesh has turned a blind-eye to the presence of IS on their land, the terror group on the other hand has reitirated its power, by taking responsibility for various attacks across the country time and again.
Under the light of the recent events, ISIS is closer to Asia than it seems and its ‘brand identity’ is attracting youth from across the continent for its cause.