No risk of militant attack in country

Says Monirul Islam


Chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Monirul Islam on Tuesday said there is no possibility of militant attack in the country as militants have no capacity to carry out organised terror attacks. He however acknowledged that the series bomb blasts in Sri Lanka might instigate militants across the world.
“But militants in this country are out of their capability to perform any planned terror attack, as major militant outfits have already been neutralised through sincere efforts by the law enforcing agencies,” Monirul said.

He made these remarks while addressing a programme titled ‘Meet with Monirul Islam’ at CIRDAP auditorium in the capital on Tuesday. CRAB president Abul Khayer, senior vice-president Mizan Malik, general Secretary Dipu Sarwar and DMP Deputy Commissioner (Media) Masudur Rahman also addressed the programme. The programme was organised by Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB), the only professional platform of Dhaka based crime reporters.

The militant attack of one country inspires militants and extremists of other countries, he said, adding that they being inspired by the attack attempt to carry out similar attacks in their own countries. Monirul Islam, the leading counter terrorism expert of the country, said, “After the deadly Holey Artisan attack in city’s Gulshan, a group of Indonesians was seen campaigning for launching such attack in Indonesia being inspired by the Gulshan café attack.”

After the New Zealand gun attack, some terror organizations were also seen launching anti-Christian and anti-Jews campaigns in their underground channels, Monirul disclosed.
But in Bangladesh, no militant group has the organising capabilities to launch such militants attack as their capacity has been destroyed, he said. “Those who are still active are now scattered,” he mentioned.

CTTC is relentlessly working so none can perform such terrorist attacks in the future, Monirul, also deputy inspector general of Bangladesh Police, added. He further said, “After the Holey artisan attack, many countries thought that we would not be able to tackle the issue. But we have successfully brought militancy under our control due to the zero tolerance policy of the government and spontaneous support from the mass people.” 

But the issue of militancy could not be eliminated from the country, he admitted. “Since militancy is one kind of ideology, someone continues believing in the radical ideology. We bring under law those who belong to the radical ideology. Also, many others are currently under our surveillance,” he said.