Bangladesh

IS claims credit for Bangladesh blasts as death toll rises to six

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for bomb blasts near a suspected militant hideout in Bangladesh, according to a report, while police said on Sunday that the death toll from the explosion had risen to six.

Bangladesh army raids Islamic State militants' hideout in north east

Army commandos have launched an operation at a residential building in a city in north-eastern Bangladesh, where suspected Islamist militants are believed to have been holed up, officials said on Saturday.

Two killed in explosion near Bangladesh militant hideout

A suspected bomber was killed in an explosion outside a security post near Bangladesh's main airport in the capital city of Dhaka, police said on Friday.

Hungary ordered to pay rejected asylum seekers 10,000 euros each

Hungary said Tuesday it was "unbelievable" it would have to pay a pair of Bangladeshi asylum seekers 10,000 euros (10,602 dollars) each because a court ruled they had not been safe from degrading treatment during a 23-day detention.

Bangladesh launches first-ever submarines

Bangladesh on Sunday officially launched the first two submarines for its naval fleet.

Bangladesh operates all-women flight to mark Women's Day

Bangladesh's national airline on Wednesday operated a flight staffed entirely by female staff members for the first time to mark International Women's Day, officials said.

Bangladesh bans Islamist group blamed for killing LGBT activists

Bangladesh has banned an Islamist militant group blamed for killing activists campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the Muslim majority country, officials said on Sunday.

Islamists demand removal of Lady Justice statue in Bangladesh

Several hundred Islamists on Friday marched in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to demand the government remove a statue of Lady Justice installed last year on the Supreme Court premises.

Bangladesh PM calls for 'huge fund' to renovate factories

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged international clothing brands to help factory owners overhaul their facilities.

Bangladesh proposes death penalty for flight disruptions

Passenger plane hijackers could soon face the death penalty under new Bangladeshi legislation, officials said Monday.

Bangladesh urges Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya Muslim refugees

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged Myanmar's government to help persecuted Rohingya Muslims go back to their homes after thousands of refugees from the minority group crossed into Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.

Bangladesh demands early repatriation of Rohingya Muslims

Dhaka on Thursday called Naypyidaw for early repatriation of all Rohingya Muslims who crossed the border into Bangladesh, including those who entered after recent persecutions of the minority group in neighbouring Myanmar.

Woman, teen blow themselves up in Dhaka as Islamist group raided

A woman and a teenage boy blew themselves up after Bangladeshi security forces raided a hideout of a banned Islamist group in the capital Dhaka on Saturday, officials said.

Report: Rohingya crisis has forced thousands to Bangladesh

Nearly 21,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh amid a renewed wave of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

Boat carrying Rohingya capsizes in Bangladesh river; three rescued

Bangladeshi fishermen rescued three Rohingya Muslims after a boat carrying more than 30 people capsized in a river during an attempt to flee Myanmar and escape persecution, officials said on Monday.

Flight carrying Bangladesh premier makes emergency landing

An international flight carrying Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to Hungary made an emergency landing in Turkmenistan after technical problems, officials said on Sunday.

Bangladesh seeks international support to resolve Rohingya crisis

Dhaka on Thursday called for international support to resolve a crisis sparked when a Myanmar military offensive against Rohingya Muslims forced hundreds to seek shelter in Bangladesh.

Suspected Islamists detained over Japanese man's murder in Bangladesh

Investigators on Sunday arrested four suspected Islamist militants in connection with the murder of a Japanese man in northern Bangladesh in 2015, police said.

Bangladesh deploys paramilitary forces after Muslims attack Hindus

Paramilitary forces have been deployed to curb religious tension in Bangladesh after a Muslim crowd vandalised Hindu homes and temples in an eastern district on the weekend, officials said Thursday.

Bangladesh, China leaders laud "consensus" in closer ties

Bangladesh hailed a "new horizon" in its ties to Asian superpower China Friday as the countries' leaders announced more than two dozen deals for enhancing cooperation.

Bangladeshi police kill 11 suspected Islamist militants

Eleven suspected Islamist extremists were killed in anti-militant raids conducted by security forces in two central Bangladeshi districts, officials said on Saturday.

Canadian student cleared of Bangladesh cafe attack charges

A Canadian university student arrested on suspicion of having links to a deadly cafe attack in the Bangladeshi capital in July has been cleared of the charges, police said on Wednesday.

Bangladesh joins India in avoiding Pakistan summit

Bangladesh has decided not to attend a conference of a regional grouping of eight South Asian nations slated to be held in the Pakistani capital Islamabad in November, as regional tensions disrupt the gathering further.

Thirteen dead after passenger boat capsizes in Bangladeshi river

At least ten people have died and several others are missing after an engine-propelled passenger boat sank in a river in southern Bangladesh, police said on Wednesday.

Owner disappears after deadly Bangladesh factory fire

The owner of a Bangladeshi packaging plant where more than 30 people were killed in a devastating fire has apparently gone into hiding after he was sued over the incident, police said on Saturday.

Bangladeshi factory owner sued after fire kills more than 30

The owner of a Bangladeshi packaging plant where more than 30 people were killed in a devastating fire is being sued by relatives of the victims, police said on Monday.

Death toll in Bangladesh factory fire rises to 29

The death toll in a Bangladesh factory fire has risen to 25, officials said on Sunday, with firefighters still battling to put out the blaze caused by an explosion at a packaging plant near the capital Dhaka.

Boiler explosion kills 23 at Bangladeshi factory

At least 20 workers were killed and scores injured on Saturday after a huge boiler explosion set fire to a packaging factory near the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, firefighters said.

Bangladesh hangs Islamic party leader for 1971 war crimes

A senior Islamist party politician was hanged in Bangladesh for crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence against Pakistan, an official said.

Bangladesh cafe attack "trainer" killed in gunfight

A suspected militant believed to be the trainer of the July cafe attack perpetrators in Dhaka was killed in a gunfight with security forces late Friday in the Bangladeshi capital, police said.

Bangladesh upholds death sentence for Islamic party leader

Bangladesh’s highest court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by an Islamic party's leader against the death sentence he had been handed for crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war of liberation from Pakistan, officials said

Bangladesh cafe attack mastermind "among three killed in gunfight"

The man thought to be behind the deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe last month has been killed in a gunfight with security forces in central Bangladesh, police said on Saturday.

British national, student arrested over Dhaka cafe siege

A British national and a university student were arrested in Dhaka in connection with a deadly attack and hostage-taking at a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital last month, police said Thursday.

Bangladesh police identify cafe attack masterminds, offer cash reward

Bangladesh police on Tuesday identified the Dhaka cafe attack planners and announced a two-million-taka reward (25,500 dollars) for information leading to their arrest.

Nine suspected militants killed in Dhaka police raid

Nine suspected militants were killed during a raid in Dhaka on Tuesday and police were investigating their links to the banned Islamist group, Jammatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh (JMB).

Eight killed, 20 missing after boat capsizes in Bangladesh

At least eight people were killed and 20 others were missing after an engine-propelled boat capsized in Bangladesh on Saturday, said an official.

Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal sentences three to death

A Bangladeshi court sentenced three men to death and five others to life imprisonment Monday for crimes against humanity during the 1971 war of independence.

Professor, two others arrested over Bangladesh cafe attack

A university professor and two other men were arrested for sheltering terrorists who attacked a restaurant in Bangladesh and killing 20 hostages earlier this month, police said Sunday.

Death toll rises in Bangladesh bombing attack

Two policemen and a woman were killed Thursday in a bombing at a Muslim religious ceremony in northern Bangladesh, police said.

Jihadist video threatens more attacks on Bangladesh

Bangladeshi police were Wednesday investigating an apparent jihadist video threatening more attacks in the South Asian nation.

Two suspects detained as Bangladeshis mourn cafe massacre victims

Two people were detained Monday on suspicion of involvement in last week’s terrorist attack on a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital as residents in Dhaka paid their respects to the victims.

Bangladeshis mourn cafe massacre victims

Bangladeshis on Monday paid their respects to the victims of last week’s attack on a cafe in Dhaka in which suspected Islamists killed 20 hostages and two police.

Bangladeshi police: Attackers home-grown, no Islamic State link

Bangladeshi militants were behind the hostage crisis in Dhaka that left 20 civilians dead, a top police official said Sunday, denying any link with the Islamic State extremist group.

Italy's premier denies friction with Dhaka over handling of attack

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Sunday rejected press reports suggesting that his government was unhappy about the way Bangladeshi authorities responded to the Dhaka terrorist attack that killed 20 civilians, including nine Italians.

Bangladesh says attackers home-grown, denies Islamic State link

Bangladeshi militants were behind the hostage crisis in Dhaka that left 20 civilians dead, a top police official said, denying any link with the Islamic State extremist group.

20 hostages killed, 13 rescued in attack on Bangladesh restaurant

Twenty civilians, most of them foreigners, were killed by suspected Islamist militants who took them hostage during an hours-long siege at a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

Bangladesh terrorist attack leaves 20 civilians, all foreigners, dead

Twenty civilians, all of them foreign nationals, were killed together with two police officers in an attack on a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, the military said Saturday.

20 hostages killed in Bangladesh attack

Twenty hostages died during a siege in the Bangladeshi capital where troops stormed a restaurant and killed six terrorists holding hostages, a military spokesman said Saturday.

Report: Islamic State claims responsibility for Dhaka attack

The Islamic State extremist group reportedly claims responsibility for the attack on a Spanish restaurant in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

Gunmen take hostages at Spanish restaurant in Bangladesh capital

Gunmen have taken several people hostage, including foreign nationals, at a Spanish restaurant in a diplomatic area of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday, a top security official said.

18 charged in 2013 Bangladesh building collapse that killed 1,100

Eighteen people have been charged with crimes related to the faulty construction of a factory building that collapsed three years ago and killed more than 1,100 people near the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, officials said on Tuesday.

Bangladesh arrests 8,000 in attempt to stop radical Islamist attacks

The lawmen picked up 2,132 people on Saturday and 2,292 on Sunday, raising the total number of detainees to 8,192 as of Monday, according to the police counts.

Bangladesh arrests more 5,000 in crackdown on militants

More than 5,000 people were arrested in Bangladesh after police launched a crackdown on militants in the wake of recurring attacks claimed by radical Islamists, officials said on Sunday.

Attacks by suspected Islamists kill two in Bangladesh

The wife of a counter-terrorism officer and a Christian man were killed in attacks carried out by suspected Islamists in Bangladesh on Sunday, police said.

Cyclone Roanu renders 150,000 people homeless in Bangladesh

Nearly 150,000 people have been rendered homeless in Bangladesh after a tropical cyclone from the Bay of Bengal pounded the coastal districts of the South Asian country, officials said on Sunday.

22 killed as Cyclone Roanu pounds Bangladesh coast

At least 22 people were killed after a tropical cyclone over the Bay of Bengal made landfall on the Bangladeshi coast, officials said Saturday.

Bangladesh hangs Islamist party chief for 1971 war crimes

Motiur Rahman Nizami, the chief of Bangladesh's largest Islamist political party, was hanged early Wednesday for crimes committed during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.

Singapore arrests suspected Bangladeshi militants

Eight Bangladeshis were detained in Singapore for alleged radicalization and the intention to overthrow Bangladesh's government, the Ministry of Home Affairs said Tuesday.

Hindu tailor hacked to death in Bangladesh

Unidentified assailants hacked a Hindu man to death in front of his tailoring business in central Bangladesh on Saturday, police said.

Murder of Bangladesh gay rights activists claimed by al-Qaeda branch

A Bangladeshi extremist group affiliated with al-Qaeda on Tuesday claimed this week's killing of two gay rights activists.

Gay rights activist and friend hacked to death in Bangladesh

Two people, one of them a gay rights activist, were chopped to death by unidentified assailants in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, police and media reports said on Monday.

University teacher hacked to death in Bangladesh

A university teacher was stabbed to death in northern Bangladesh by unidentified assailants on Saturday, police said.

Critic of religious extremism stabbed to death in Bangladesh

A law student and online activist was stabbed to death in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, police said Thursday, the latest in a series of such attacks.

Bangladesh rejects 1988 petition against Islam’s official status

  A petition challenging Islam's status as the official religion of Bangladesh was rejected Monday, 28 years after it was first submitted.

Bangladeshi publisher remanded in custody over "anti-Islam" book

Bangladeshi police on Tuesday remanded a publisher and two other people in custody for publishing and distributing a book that allegedly offended Muslim religious sentiment.

Earthquake kills 5 in India, 1 in Bangladesh

A magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck north-eastern India on Monday, killing five people in India, one in Bangladesh, and damaging buildings and infrastructure.