From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

Recent Updates: The Safety and security tab was updated – terrorism.

Advisory Text: Avoid non-essential travel

There is a threat of terrorism. Since September 2015, there have been numerous attacks on individuals and groups, including religious minorities.

On July 1, 2016, gunmen stormed the heart of the diplomatic neighbourhood at Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka’s Gulshan 2 district, taking hostages and engaging in a standoff with police. Two police officers and 20 hostages, most of them foreigners, were killed.

Recent incidents include unsuccessful suicide bombings near the Dhaka International Airport. One of these incident occurred close to an airport police checkpoint on March 24, 2017.

Further attacks cannot be ruled out and could be indiscriminate. Attacks can occur at any time and could target areas frequented by foreigners, such as commercial and public areas, hotels, markets, restaurants, shopping centres, religious sites and historic sites.

Limit your attendance at events where a large number of people, including foreigners, may gather. These include outdoor recreation and cultural events, places of worship, festivals, hotels and conference centres. In Dhaka and other city centres, avoid areas and establishments known to be frequented by foreigners. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, particularly on Fridays after afternoon prayers as well as in the lead-up to and on days of national significance, such as Mother Language Day (February 21), Independence Day (March 26), Bengali New Year (April 14) and Victory Day (December 16). Monitor local media for the latest information on threats to security and follow the advice of local authorities.

from Country Advice and Advisories updated in the last 24 hours, which can be found at: http://ift.tt/1n5UpAK

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