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Bangladesh Struggles to Contain New Outbreak of Violence

  • Ongoing raid in Sylhet trying to flush out IS-linked militants
  • Government has ‘head in sand’ over extremist forces: analyst
Police officers stand guard after a bomber was killed near Dhaka's airport on March 24.

Police officers stand guard after a bomber was killed near Dhaka's airport on March 24.

Photographer: Sipa via AP Photo

Bangladesh is struggling to contain a new outbreak of violence linked to the Islamic State that threatens to stoke fears about investing in the fast-growing South Asian nation.

At least five attacks in March -- including two separate attacks claimed by IS in two days -- and an army raid on a single apartment building reveal the extent of Bangladesh’s internal security problem. The army shot dead four militants, including a woman, in the security operation, which is ongoing. Two militants were found with suicide vests strapped to their bodies, said Brigadier General Fakhrul Ahsan, a spokesman for Bangladesh army, at a media briefing on Monday night.