Australia fears attack on Western interests in Bangladesh
14 December 2017,Thursday, 11:35
The Australian government is once again wracked by fears that a terrorist attack might hit Bangladesh in the coming days, although the intended target would be so-called 'Western interests', reports UNB.
"Days of national significance, such as Victory Day (December 16), can provide an opportunity for terrorist attacks," Canberra said in an updated alert issued on Wednesday.
Bangladesh has never witnessed a terrorist attack on December 16, when usually the country is in a buoyant mood celebrating Victory Day in the Liberation War in 1971.
The travel advice then morphs into something like a security briefing, as it asserts a "high threat" of a terrorist attack in Bangladesh, claiming to have "reliable information" in this regard, right down to potential/likely targets, with 'Western interests' .
It would be only fair for anyone reading this bit to expect the Australian government has also passed on all the 'reliable information' in its possession regarding the 'high threat' of an attack and any potential list of targets to the US/UK.
"Stay alert and maintain an active awareness of your environment. Ensure you have robust security plans in place. The level of our advice has not changed. Reconsider your need to travel to Bangladesh," it wrote for the Australian travellers.
Meanwhile, the UK said while the last terrorist attacks to take place occurred in March 2017, targeting security forces, there is a risk that future attacks could target public gatherings.
"There's also the risk that foreign nationals could be directly targeted in future attacks; you should consider your movements carefully and follow any specific advice of the local security authorities," reads the security alert.