Security alert over possible militant attack

Pro-active steps must be put in place to avert any threat


It is an alarming piece of news that banned terrorist organisations are desperately trying to target the month of national mourning, August, to conduct terror attacks across the country. Reportedly, banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is planning to carry out terrorist attacks targeting airports, embassies and religious institutions. 

The Police Headquarters has already instructed its various units to remain cautious and take necessary measures to prevent subversive acts.

This year Eid-ul-Azha will be celebrated on August 1. Hence, keeping the religious festival in focus, law enforcers must devise a master plan to avert unwanted terror attack. 

The month August bears the deadliest episode in the history of Bangladesh. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members were brutally murdered by anti-liberation forces in this month. 

Also the nation witnessed several militant attacks in August. For instance - the deadly grenade attack on the then opposition leader, now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina on August 21, 2004, which killed 24 people. 

JMB also carried out countrywide bomb explosions in 63 districts on August 17, 2005. Reportedly, the government and the intelligence agencies have recently issued a special warning on the basis of past incidents.


In the wake of so many threats 

what is now concerning is what

security measures have we adopted?


However, since the Holy Artisan attack, we have seen some strong anti-militancy campaign around the country to curb the growing risks of militant attacks. Four years on, law enforcers now claim that militant groups have mostly been demolished.

In the wake of so many threats what is now concerning is what security measures have we adopted? There is also the question of how law enforcement agencies can do better. 

These days, it is necessary to consider any place where people gather around as “easy targets” for the attackers. Hence, keeping Eid-ul-Azha in mind, authorities concerned must take necessary actions and adopt adequate security measures to avert any terror attack during the celebration.

Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies should be facilitated with adequate as well as efficient manpower and modern technologies to avert any militant attack. 

All the major bus stops, train stations, launch terminals, shopping malls and cattle markets should be monitored by relevant authorities and all such public places must be under CCTV surveillance to avoid any untoward incident.