New Delhi: Denying any role played by the Islamic State (IS) in the recent Dhaka terror attack where 20 hostages were ruthlessly massacred by a group of terrorists, a top Bangladeshi official has hinted that the real menace might be closer at home.

Political advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Hossain Toufique Imam, said that the way in which the hostages were butchered with machetes points at the role of a local terrorist group. Banned organisations like the Jamaar-ul-Mujahideen might be behind the attack, claimed Imam.

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Imam pointed out how Pakistan’s spy intelligence agency ISI had a close relationship with the Mujahideen group, and how they might have plotted a way to derail the government. Because all the killed hostages, including an Indian student Tarishi Jain, were hacked to death, the official said that it suggested towards the role of a more localised group.

The Islamic State earlier claimed responsibility for the attack, a claim which was quashed by the Bangladesh government.



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