CEP Releases New Resource on Extremism and Counter-Extremism in Bangladesh

(New York, NY) – When Bangladeshi security forces stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 2 following a 12-hour siege, they found a grisly scene; 20 hostages hacked and stabbed to death. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, the most horrific of a growing number that have occurred in the secular nation struggling with violent extremism.  

The Counter Extremism Project today released Bangladesh: Extremism and Counter-Extremism, a new resource that captures the history and growth of domestic terror groups, their affiliations with ISIS and al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the growing frequency of their attacks against secular writers and political activists, college professors, members of religious minorities, supporters of gay rights, and foreigners.

To explore extremism and counter-extremism around the world, please visit CEP’s Areas of Operation map, which includes comprehensive reports detailing the history of extremist movements, major terror attacks, and counter-extremism measures country by country. The map also links to CEP threat reports about extremist groups operating in each country. Click on an extremist group to learn more about its history, leadership, and violent activities.

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