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No existence of Al Qaeda, IS in Bangladesh: home minister

BHOLA, March 4, 2017 (BSS) - Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today reiterated that there is no existence of Al Qaeda and IS in Bangladesh.

"There are some home-grown terrorist groups (in the country). But our security forces have been able to tackle them properly," he said addressing as chief guest a meeting of civil society at Upazila Government College at Charfashan here.

Deputy Minister for Environment and Forests Abdullah Al Islam Jakob addressed the meeting as special guest while college principal Kaisar Ahmed Dulal was in the chair.

Barisal Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Sheikh Md Maruf Hasan, Bhola Deputy Commissioner (DC) Md Selim Uddin, Police Super Md Mokthar Hossain, Upazila Chairman Abedin Akhon and Pouro Mayor Badal Krishna Debnath, among others, addressed the meeting.

The minister said the people of Bangladesh do not like militancy. They are pious but not fanatics, he added.

Kamal said the people are resisting the terrorists with unity, responding to the call of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"Now, Bangladesh is safer than any other country in the world," he said.

The country is marching ahead under the dynamic leadership of Sheikh Hasina, the home minister said, adding, "We are becoming a poverty-free country under her leadership."

Several hundred thousands of foreigners are working in Bangladesh, which proves that the country is going ahead, he added.

The minister called upon the students to avoid all types of drugs

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)