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Aug 21 attack was not possible without BNP-Jamaat govt’s patronage: PM Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

MNA Editorial Desk: Recalling the barbaric carnage, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said it was not possible to carry out an attack like that of August 21, 2004 had there been no direct patronage from the then BNP-Jamaat government. “Had there been no patronage from the [then] government, it was not possible to carry out the August-21 grenade attack this way,” she said. Sheikh Hasina made the allegation while addressing a discussion marking the August 21, 2004 grenade attack on Friday. Awami League organised the event at its Bangabandhu Avenue central office. The Prime Minister attended the event virtually from ...

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No possibility of militant attack on Feb 21: DMP chief


MNA Editorial Desk: Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Mohammad Shafiqul Islam on Wednesday said there is no possibility of any militant attack and act of sabotage centring the International Mother Language Day and Shaheed Dibosh on February 21. He, however, said a four-tier security arrangement will be there in place in and around the Central Shaheed Minar to smooth observance of the day. While talking to reporters after visiting the Shaheed Minar, the DMP chief said those who will come to pay tributes to the Language Movement martyrs will have to enter the Shaheed Minar premises through archways and ...

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Iran attacks US forces in Iraq in retaliation for killing of commander


MNA Editorial Desk: Iran launched a missile attack on US-led forces in Iraq in the early hours of Wednesday in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander whose killing has raised fears of a wider war in the Middle East. Tehran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles from Iranian territory against at least two Iraqi facilities hosting US-led coalition personnel at about 1:30 a.m. local time, the US military said on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump said in a tweet late on Tuesday that an assessment of casualties and damage from the strikes was under way ...

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Holey Artisan attack: Seven militants sentenced to death

Holey Artisan

MNA National Desk: Seven men were sentenced to death on Wednesday for their roles in the Holey Artisan café attack, the deadliest terror attack in Bangladesh’s history that claimed the lives of 22 people, including 17 foreigners. Judge Mohammad Mujibur Rahman of Dhaka Anti-terrorism Special Tribunal handed down the verdict. The convicts are – Jahangir Hossain, Aslam Hossain Ryash, Hadisur Rahman, Rakibul Hasan Rigen, Abdus Sabur Khan, Mamunur Rashid Ripon and Shariful Islam Khaled. Each of them was fined Tk 50,000. One of the accused, Mizanur Rahman alias Boro Mizan, was acquitted as charges brought against him could not be ...

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Death toll crosses 300: Sri Lanka falls silent

Sri Lanka

MNA International Desk: Sri Lanka began a day of national mourning with three minutes of silence to honor more than 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts. Flags were lowered to half mast on government buildings, and people bowed their heads and reflected silently on the violence that has caused international outrage. The silence began at 8:30 am (0300 GMT), the time that the first of six bombs detonated on Sunday morning, unleashing carnage at high-end hotels and churches packed with Easter worshippers. Shortly after the silence was observed, a police spokesman said the toll had risen to 310, with ...

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18 killed in deadliest attack on Indian security forces


MNA nternational Desk: At least 18 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide attack on a convoy near the main city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir. Police told the BBC that a car filled with explosives rammed a bus carrying the officers to Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, BBC reports. The Pakistan-based Islamist group Jaish-e-Mohammad has said it carried out the bombing. It is the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades. The blast took place on the heavily guarded Srinagar-Jammu highway about 20km (12 miles) from Srinagar city. “It’s not yet clear how many ...

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Attack on Zafar Iqbal: Charges pressed against 6

Zafar Iqbal

MNA National Desk: Police on Thursday submitted the charge sheet against Faizul Hasan Foyez, his four other family members and one of his friends in connection with the attack on renowned writer Dr Muhammad Zafar Iqbal. Jalalabad Police Station OC Shafiqul Islam said Amulya Kumar Chowdhury, assistant police commissioner (prosecution), submitted the 353- page charge sheet with the court of Sylhet Metropolitan Magistrate Haridas Pal around 11:45am. The other charge-sheeted accused are Faizul’s father Hafez Maulana Atiqur Rahman, mother Minara Begum, brother Enamul Hasan, maternal uncle Md Fazlur Rahman and friend Sohagh Miah. Faizul had planned to kill Prof Zafar ...

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Mahmudur Rahman attacked in Kushtia


MNA National Desk: Activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) allegedly attacked on daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman in Kushtia on Sunday. He came under attack while he went out of courtroom around 4.30 pm. BCL men hurled brick chips targeting Mahmudur and he was seriously injured in the attack. Principal Amirul Islam, senior lawyer of Kushtia Bar Association confirmed the matter. Earlier BCL men allegedly confined Mahmudur Rahman in a courtroom after the court granted him bail in a case filed for making derogatory remarks about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Tulip Siddiq. Kushtia ...

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At least 70 killed in suspected chemical attack in Douma


MNA International Desk: At least 70 people have died in a suspected chemical attack in Douma, the last rebel-held town in Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, rescuers and medics say. Volunteer rescue force the White Helmets tweeted graphic images showing several bodies in basements. It said the deaths were likely to rise. There has been no independent verification of the reports. Syria has called the allegations of a chemical attack a “fabrication” – as has its main ally, Russia. The US state department said Russia – with its “unwavering support” for Syria’s government – “ultimately bears responsibility” for the alleged attacks. Several ...

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Cyber attack in Pyeongchang Winter Olympics


MNA Sports Desk: Pyeongchang Winter Olympics organizers confirmed on Sunday that the Games had fallen victim to a cyber attack during Friday’s opening ceremony, but they refused to reveal the source. The Games’ systems, including the internet and television services, were affected by the hack two  days ago but organizers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations. “Maintaining secure operations is our purpose,” said International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams. “We are not going to comment on the issue. It is one we are dealing with. We are making sure our systems are secure and ...

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Suicide bomber kills 11 soldiers in Pakistan


MNA International Desk: At least 11 soldiers were killed and 13 injured in a suicide attack near an army base in northern Pakistan on Saturday. Attacks have decreased sharply in the picturesque Swat Valley but can cause alarm in a region where Pakistani Taliban insurgents took partial control in 2007, before being ousted two years later in a major military operation hailed as an important blow against Islamist violence, reported news agency. Swat was the first sizeable region outside Pakistan’s lawless tribal regions bordering Afghanistan to fall to the militants. More than 2,000 Taliban fighters have been driven out of ...

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Missile warning sent mistakenly in Hawaii


MNA International Desk: An crisis alert was sent mistakenly on Saturday to Hawaii’s residents warning of an forthcoming ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the “wrong button,” Hawaii’s governor said. State officials and the U.S. military’s Pacific Command confirmed that there was no actual threat. But for more than a half hour, while the agency struggled to withdraw the warning, panicked Hawaiians jumbled to find shelter. The mistaken alert stated: “EMERGENCY ALERT BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” The alert, sent to mobile phones and ...

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9/11 Today: Its Impact and Aftermath


Kaushik Ahmed Sixteen years have passed but it is still fresh in our memory today – the attacks of 9/11. There was multiple airplane attacks on World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. These attaacks led to the famous ‘War on Terror’ by the US government which changed the scenario of the world, specially the Muslim world. No single figure since the Second World War has made so weighty an impact on world events as Osama bin Laden. Had the world responded to his 9/11 attack on America with control he would probably have disappeared, expelled from Afghanistan or killed ...

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Gulshan attack terrorists yet to be punished after one year


MNA National Desk: The terrorists behind the Gulshan attack is yet to be punished after one year of the most brutal terror attack in Bangladesh. Exactly one year ago, the militant attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery stunned the entire country on the month of holy Ramadan. Five young men armed with guns and knives stormed the cafe on July1, 2016 and took several hostages including foreign nationals and killed 22. Most of the victims were foreigners and many were brutally hacked to death. The militants took four long months in preparation before the deadly attack though selected Holey Artisan ...

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Al least 7 killed in Iran parliament attack

Iran parliament

MNA International Desk: Attackers raided Iran parliament and opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini a few kilometres south of the capital on Wednesday morning, in near simultaneous assaults that killed up to seven people. Tasmin news agency said there were unconfirmed reports that the attackers had taken four hostages inside the parliament building. Three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, carried out the attack in central Tehran, lawmaker Elias Hazrati told state television. Another lawmaker said one of the assailants was surrounded by security forces and all the doors to the building had ...

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Blast Inside Ashkona RAB Camp Left ‘Suicide Bomber’ Dead


MNA Editorial Desk: A blast inside a makeshift camp of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Ashkona of Dhaka left a ‘suicide bomber’ dead. Inspector General (IG) of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque and RAB spokesperson Mufti Mahmud Khan assumes that militants are involved in this attack. This alarming attack was carried out only a day after raids on two militant hideouts at Sitakunda of Chittagong. Immediately after the attack airports, maritime ports and prisons across Bangladesh was ordered to increase security. Middle East-based radical group Islamic State claimed credit for several previous militant attacks in Bangladesh.  In the case of ...

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A Canadian student charged over Quebec mosque attack


MNA International Desk: A Canadian political science student known to have nationalist sympathies was charged Monday with six counts of murder over a shooting spree at a Quebec mosque—one of the worst attacks ever to target Muslims in a western country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned as a “terrorist attack” Sunday night’s assault on the Islamic Cultural Center in a busy district of Quebec City, which sent terrified worshippers fleeing barefoot in the snow. Eight people were also wounded in the crossfire, and five of them remained in critical condition in hospital Monday, reported news agency. Alexandre Bissonnette, who made ...

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39 killed in Istanbul nightclub gun attack


MNA International Desk: At least 39 people, many of them foreigners, at a nightclub packed with New Year’s revelers, were killed in Istanbul in a gun attack. Officials described this incident as a terrorist act. Police in Istanbul launched a manhunt on Sunday for a gunman who is being said to have committed this act of brutality and sheer violence. According to reports, the gunman shot his way into the Reina nightclub at around 1:15 a.m. (22:15 GMT), just over an hour into the New Year’s Eve, killing a police officer and a civilian as he entered before opening fire ...

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Questions remain unsolved on European safety after Berlin attack


MNA Editorial Desk: Last Monday, 24-year-old, Tunisian national Anis Amri plowed a truck into a Christmas market, killing 12 people and injuring 56 in Germany’s deadliest attack in over three decades. Amri was killed during a shootout with police in the suburbs of Milan. But it left authorities facing threatening questions about how an armed suspected terrorist had been able to travel hundreds of miles on public transport before being caught. No attack has claimed so many lives in Germany since 1980, when a bomb killed 13 people and injured hundreds at Munich’s Oktoberfest. No police cameras were monitoring the ...

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AL leaders suspended over Nasirnagar temple attack


MNA Editorial Desk: Awami League suspended three of its local leaders over their involvement in the attack on Hindu community in Brahmanbaria’s Nasirnagar upazila on Friday. They are Nasirnagar Union Parishad Chairman Abul Hashem, also assistant secretary of AL’s upazila unit, Faruk Mia, president of Haripur union, and Haji Suruj, chief of Chapartola union unit. Meanwhile, the district AL formed a five-member committee, headed by its vice-president Helal Uddin, to probe whether the suspended leaders were involved in the attacks, reported news agency. A mob demolished a number of Hindu temples and nearly 100 houses in Nasirnagar on October 30 ...

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Prior to Carter’s Arrival, Iraqi Army Storms Christian town


MNA International Desk: Prior to U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s arrival, the Iraqi army on Saturday stormed a Christian town near Mosul, that had been under control of Islamic State since 2014 as part of U.S.-backed operations to clear the entrances to Mosul, the militants’ last major city stronghold in Iraq. The advance took place as U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived on a visit to Baghdad to meet Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and assess the campaign that started on Monday with air and ground support from the U.S-led coalition. A military declaration said Iraqi army units entered the center ...

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14 people killed in a terror attack in Assam


MNA International Desk: As news agency reports, at least 14 people killed in a terror attack at Kokrajhar district in Assam on Friday. One militant has been killed during the gun battle with law enforcement agencies. There are reports that three militants unlocked fire in the Balajan Tiniali market area, a few kilometres away from Kokrajhar town to which the security forces responded. Police suspected that the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) has connection with the attack. The Assam Director General of Police Mukesh Sahay said that grenade and other weapons have been detained from the spot. The injured ...

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Police detained Hasnat Karim and Tahmid


MNA Editorial Desk: Former North South University (NSU) lecturer Hasnat Reza Karim and University of Toronto student Tahmid Hasib Khan, two suspected masterminds of the 1 July Gulshan attack, were detained by the police force on Wednesday. “Hasnat was arrested from Gulshan around 8:45pm yesterday, while Tahmid was arrested from Bashundhara residential area in the capital,” said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner (media) of Dhaka metropolitan police (DMP). Both have been detained under Section 54 and presented at the court where the police would pursue 10-day remand, the police official also added. Earlier, AKM Shahidul Hoque, the inspector general of police ...

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IGP announced reward for capturing two militants


MNA Editorial Desk: IGP Shahidul Haque, the inspector general of the police, on Tuesday announced Tk. 20 lakh reward each for capturing two militants suspects, Canadian immigrant Tamim Chowdhury and retired army officer major Syed Md Ziaul Haque. IGP made the declaration about reward calling them as masterminds of the attacks on Holey Artisan restaurant in Gulshan and the Sholakia Eid congregation in July. Earlier in 31 July, news agency reported that at least five people, included in the missing list released by Bangladeshi Law enforcement agency after the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks, may have moved in India. One of ...

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ISPs threw internet shut down drill


MNA National Desk: ISPs (Internet service providers) and mobile-phone operators have threw a drill to shut down internet services instantly should there be a need for emergency response to militant attacks. The drill happened in a commercial zone of the capital Dhaka around 1am on Tuesday. “We’ve started work.” telecom regulators BTRC Chairman Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood told to media after the drill began. Mobile-phone companies verified their abilities to shut down voice services. “The capacity to close voice call service along with internet connection is being tested,” he said. A special squad of BTRC oversaw the drill. Commercial area was ...

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Priest killed with knife at church in France


MNA International Desk: An 84-year-old priest has been killed with a knife at a church in northern France. Another person was seriously injured, after two men with alleged links to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) took numerous people hostage in an attack. Father Jacques Hamel reportedly had his throat slit on Tuesday before French police entered and shot dead the attackers. French law enforcement agency detained one person in linking with the attack. On Tuesday, French prosecutor Francois Molins recognized one of the attackers as 19-year-old Adel Kermiche, who was under investigation after having tried to ...

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A woman detained for involvement in Gulshan attack


MNA National Desk: A woman has been detained for suspected involvement in Gulshan terror attack on a cafe that killed 22 persons, as media said on Friday. Ruma Akhtar, 28-yaer-old, was picked up on Thursday by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police on charges of her involvement in the attack. Her father, Shahaboddin Ahmed Badu, told to media that detectives took her away from their house saying she was a suspect in the July 1 attack. “But I don’t know the reason behind her detention,” he added. However, the family of Ruma said that she went to Dubai six months ago but ...

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