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There would be no place for secessionists and militants in Bangladeshi soil, says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal while speaking as the chief guest at an event in Supreme Court Bar Association auditorium in Dhaka city on October 30 said that there would be no place for secessionists and militants in the Bangladeshi soil. He said "Bangladesh will be made a peaceful and developed country by combating militants at any cost. Those who organized the grenade attack at Hossaini Dalan were cohorts of war criminals and other anti-liberation elements." Dhaka Tribune, October 31, 2015.

IS claims responsibility of bomb attacks on Shiite Muslim group in Dhaka city: United States (US)-based SITE Intelligence Group on October 24 said that Islamic State (IS) has claimed the responsibility of bomb attacks on Huseni Dalan, the headquarters of Shiite Muslim group in Dhaka city. The bombings, which took place hours before the Shias were scheduled to bring out a procession marking holy Ashura, left a 14-year-old boy dead and injured 87 injured. Daily Star, October 26, 2015.

Two PBCP cadres killed and three others injured in Tangail District: Two cadres of Purba Bangla Communist Party (PBCP) were killed and three others injured in a gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Maisha area of Hugra sub-District in Tangail District. RAB said that three other cadres were injured in the gunfight. RAB also recovered one foreign-made pistol, one shutter gun, two rounds of bullet and some shells from the scene. New Age, October 21, 2015.

ISB threatens to kill Gonojagoron Mancha spokesperson: Gonojagoron Mancha (People's Resurgence Platform) spokesperson Imran H Sarker has been threatened with death allegedly by a member of Islamic State Bangladesh (ISB). A facebook user named 'Araf Al Islam ISB' issued the threat through Imran's facebook message box saying, 'your death is imminent. You will be killed in the way the two foreigners were killed,' said Imran in a post on his verified facebook page. New Age, October 19, 2015.

JMB organizer confesses killing former PDB chairman by slitting his throat with sharp weapon: Tariqul Islam Tarer alias Mithu, an alleged organizer of Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) confessed to killing former chairman of Power Development Board (PDB) Muhamad Khijir Khan by slitting his throat with a sharp weapon. Tariqul Islam said, "As Khijir Khan was a so-called pir and his activities were contradictory to religious ideology, it was our (JMB) responsibility as believers to kill him." New Nation, October 16, 2015.

ICT-1 indicts five war crimes suspects in Kishoreganj District: The International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) indicted five war crimes suspects from Karimganj sub-District of Kishoreganj District on seven charges. Shamsuddin Ahmed (60), the lone suspect in the dock, pleaded not guilty. The other suspects - Gazi Mohamad Abdul Mannan (88), Nasir Uddin Ahmed (62), Mohamad Hafiz Uddin (66) and Mohamad Azharul Islam (66), would be tried in absentia as they are absconding. Mannan was the commander of the local Razakar force while the others were its members, according to the prosecution. New Age, October 13, 2015.

Killing of bloggers propels Bangladesh onto Global Impunity Index of CPJ: The killing of bloggers in Bangladesh propelled the country onto Global Impunity Index of Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). CPJ in a report said, "At least four Bangladeshi bloggers have been hacked to death by apparent Islamic extremists this year alone, and a total of five of Bangladesh's seven victims of unsolved murders over the last decade are bloggers who criticized religious extremism. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the nominally secular ruling Awami League party have done little to speak out for justice in these crimes, allowing political interests to trump rule of law. Authorities seem more concerned with what bloggers are writing than going after their killers." Daily Star, October 10, 2015.

No one will be able to destabilise the country by killing foreigners, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed on October 7 said that no one will be able to destabilise the country by killing foreigners. She said, "Bangladesh has consolidated its position on the international stage in such a way that no one will be able to destabilise the country with such incidents." The Prime Minister urged all, including the members of the Armed Forces, to remain alert so that no one could hold up the pace of country's development. Daily Star, October 8, 2015.

Terrorism and violent extremism remain as two major impediments to global peace and development, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed while delivering her speech at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters in New York on September 30 said that terrorism and violent extremism remain as two major impediments to global peace and development. She said, "Terrorists don't have any religion. Terrorism and violent extremism are global challenges. All countries should be united to effectively address these." She called for global unity to effectively address the threats. Daily Star, October 1, 2015.

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