Evidence suggests ISIS is linked to Bangladesh attacks: Kerry

File Photo: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (Left Photo), US Secretary of State John Kerry.

There is ‘evidence’ to show that the ISIS is in contact with militants in Bangladesh, US Secretary of State John Kerry today said on his first visit to the Muslim-majority country.

“There is evidence that ISIL in Iraq and Syria has contacts with about eight different entities around the world and one of them is in South Asia,” Kerry said.

Islamic State claimed the responsibility for Dhaka Cafe attack and released the photos of attackers.

Islamic State claimed the responsibility for Dhaka Cafe attack and released the photos of attackers.

“They are connected to some degree with some of the operatives here and we made that very clear in our conversation. There was no argument about it,” he said after talks with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his Bangladeshi counterpart A H Mahmood Ali.

Hasina’s administration has consistently denied that ISIS has gained a foothold in the country and Kerry’s remarks are a major blow to that stance.

Kerry conveyed the US’ interest to work closely with intelligence agencies of Bangladesh to fight terrorism and said that “we need to exchange information to combat terrorism”, Hasina’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim told a media briefing.

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