Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit chief Monirul Islam told reporters on Sunday, “IS has no organisational base in Bangladesh.”
The law enforcement agency had responded similarly to the terrorist group reportedly claiming responsibility for the killings of two foreigners and attacks on Christian and Ahmadia communities in Bangladesh.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Islam said, “Their statements claiming responsibility for the incidents have no relation with reality.”
According to a tweet of SITE Intelligence Group, IS’ Amaq News Agency is said to have claimed responsibility Siddiquee’s killing. He was hacked to death near his house early in the morning on Saturday.
In 2015, IS reportedly claimed, for the first time ever, responsibility for the killing of Italian aid worker Cesare Tavella, in Dhaka, and Japanese national Kunio Hoshi in the northern district of Rangpur.
Police also claimed to have arrested several Bangladeshi citizens last year over their alleged IS links.
DIG Islam said, “I think IS will claim responsibility for any killing or even cocktail explosions. You do not need any evidence or logics to make claims of virtual responsibility.”
The detective official added there was no evidence of any IS involvement in the incidents in Bangladesh.
“In some of the incidents, the culprits were arrested and police finished the probe. None of them confessed to being involved with the so-called IS or Al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent.”
Security officials, repeatedly claimed that local Islamist radicals were behind the murders and that messages from IS and AQ were to cover the trail, confuse investigations, and also claim presence where they did not have any.