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US embassy issues security alert for its citizens in Bangladesh

MNA National Desk: The US embassy in Dhaka on Wednesday issued a fresh alert for its citizens living in Bangladesh encouraging them to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations.

In the statement, the embassy said, “In light of calls for revenge in the wake of the March 15 terrorist attack against two mosques in New Zealand, we encourage US citizens to exercise heightened awareness of the ongoing threat posed by transnational terrorist organizations such as ISIS and al-Qa’ida.”

Terrorist groups, their associates, and those inspired by such organizations remain intent on attacking US and Western citizens around the world, including in Bangladesh, the statement added.

“Extremists may use conventional or non-conventional weapons to strike US interests, but many are increasingly using less sophisticated methods of attack to more effectively target crowds, including the use of edged weapons, pistols, and vehicles,” it warned.

Extremists are spreading propaganda online and calling for assaults on “soft” targets such as Western schools, businesses, and NGOs, the statement added.

However, in the warning the embassy mentioned that regular operations of the office will remain normal.

It also requested its citizens to review their personal security plans as well to be aware of their surroundings.

“Stay alert in locations frequented by Westerners and monitor local media for updates,” it added.

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