Bangladesh on Tuesday sought international support in combating terrorism, days after Islamists brutally killed 22 people, mostly foreigners, during an attack on a restaurant in the capital.
“He (Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali) expressed hope that the international community would support Bangladesh in fighting common challenges of terrorism and violent extremism,” a Foreign Office statement said after some 50 foreign diplomats were briefed about the incident.
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It said Ali conveyed the envoys of Bangladesh’s resolve to root out terrorism from its soil and would continue to work ‘closely’ with other countries, regional bodies and the UN to fight the menace off as it appeared as a global challenge.
“The security forces and agencies have been kept on high alert and the countrywide security vigil has been beefed up,” an official quoted the minister as saying at the briefing.
The US had offered to assist Bangladeshi authorities in bringing to justice those responsible for the attack on the restaurant in Dhaka’s high-security diplomatic zone.
“We remain in contact with Bangladeshi authorities and have offered any assistance necessary,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest had said.