The Islamist militant threat in Bangladesh has been underestimated says the editor of a journal that tracks jihadi groups around the world.
"We now have competition between al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Bangladesh, which means that the jihadist pool is deep enough for both organizations to operate in the country," said Thomas Joscelyn, senior editor at The Long War Journal, reported Reuters.
Bangladesh officials say the so-called Islamic State and al Qaeda are not directly involved in the Islamic militant killings of more than 30 people in the country since early 2015.
However Joscelyn said that there is evidence that Bangladeshi Islamic militants have direct links with al Qaeda.
The two international jihadi movements have claimed responsibility for the murders that have targeted minority groups and activists in this Muslim-majority South Asian nation.
….as we enter the last months of 2021, we are asking readers like you to help us keep UCA News free.
For the last 40 years, UCA News has remained the most trusted and independent Catholic news and information service from Asia. Every week, we publish nearly 100 news reports, feature stories, commentaries, podcasts and video broadcasts that are exclusive and in-depth, and developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes.
Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to – South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.
And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters who cover 23 countries in south, southeast, and east Asia. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don’t have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.
With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.