A new video released by the so-called "Islamic State" features a group of Bangladeshi jihadists who are planning more attacks in the South Asian nation. Experts say the government needs concrete plans to fight terrorism.
The "Islamic State" (IS) terror group published a video yesterday, July 5, with Bengali and Arabic subtitles that showed three new Bangladeshi jihadists announcing more attacks in the country in the coming days.
The video, which was verified by the US-based SITE Intelligence Group and Terror Monitor Group, contained clear signs that the terror group has some Bangladeshi nationals working for it.
One of the Bangladeshi jihadists shown in the video said: "what you witnessed in Bangladesh ... was a glimpse. This will repeat, repeat and repeat until you lose and we win and the Sharia is established throughout the world."
The video also appreciated last Friday's attack on a restaurant in Dhaka that killed at least 22 people, the majority of them foreigners, from Italy, Japan, India and the United States
The attackers were mostly from wealthy, liberal families - a development which is new in the country as terrorists involved in the previous targeted attacks were mostly from poor and conservative families.
Tasneem Khalil, a Sweden-based journalist who monitors online channels of jihadists, says the latest video has many alarming signals that need to be considered.
"The video essentially urges Bangladeshis to engage in an IS-led jihad in Bangladesh. This is a significant change from earlier IS' communication in which people were encouraged to join the jihad in Syria," he told DW, adding: "I see this as an open declaration of war against the Bangladeshi state."
The jihadists in the video appeared to be fluent in the Bengali, English and Arabic languages. Internet sleuths have discovered the identity of two of them, while another one's face was covered with a mask. The video was filmed beside a busy street in Raqqah, widely believed to be the capital of IS.
Arifur Rahman, a prominent Bangladeshi video blogger, agrees with Khalil on the content of the video. "Islamists are inviting others to commit the same kind of atrocities. Action therefore has to be taken against local sympathizers and safe houses in Bangladesh need to be raided,"
A new group of terrorists
The recent attack on a restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone presented a new set of terrorists to the extremist scene of the Muslim-majority country. The attackers were from educated and elite families which surprised many people in the country. Two of the jihadists showed in the new video are also from the upper echelons of society. What turned them into terrorists became a question that everyone is asking on social media.