From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Latest update: Terrorism section

There is a high threat from terrorism in Bangladesh.

Since September 2015 Daesh (formerly referred to as ISIL) has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh including the 1 July 2016 attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in the Gulshan 2 district of Dhaka, which resulted in the death of 20 hostages, mainly foreign nationals, and 2 police officers. Daesh has also claimed responsibility for the murders of 2 foreign nationals, the attempted murder of an Italian priest and sporadic attacks against minority religious communities and law enforcers that have killed several people and injured many more.

Groups affiliated to Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent (AQIS) are also active and have claimed responsibility for the murder of a number people who they consider to have views and lifestyles contrary to Islam. Online activists, including secular bloggers and two members of the LGBTI community, have been murdered most recently in April 2016.

On 7 July 2016 attackers threw explosives towards police at the Kishorgonj Solakia Eid Prayer ground, around 100km north-east of Dhaka. Police and attackers exchanged gunfire. Four people were killed, including 2 police officers and one of the attackers. Several police officers also sustained injuries.

Operations against militants are ongoing and have resulted in fatalities, most recently in Chittagong on 16 March 2017.

Da’esh claimed responsibility for a failed attack against law enforcement officers in northern Dhaka on 17 March 2017.

There is a heightened threat of further terrorist attacks. Attacks could be indiscriminate although foreigners, in particular westerners, may be directly targeted. Crowded areas and places where westerners are known to gather may be at higher risk of attack. You should minimise your exposure to these areas, consider your movements carefully and take appropriate security precautions.

There is considered to be a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals, from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.

Find out more about the global threat from terrorism, how to minimise your risk and what to do in the event of a terrorist attack.

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