State Minister for Foreign Affairs Md Shahriar Alam on Tuesday said there is no existence of Islamic State (IS) and other international terror outfits in the country.
“The terror attacks faced by the country in recent years were conducted by homegrown outfits,” he said while addressing the closing session of 3-day Chiefs of Police Conference at a city hotel, reports UNB.
The State Minister said there is no evidence to support the claim that they (homegrown outfits) had links with the IS or other international militant outfits.
“But we need to remain alert as the global terrorist outfits may try to recruit cadres or influence the local outfits, particularly through net based communications,” he said.
He said the government has taken steps to further boost cooperation with the neighbouring countries to tackle the issue.
“We believe that effective relationship and functional cooperation among the neigbouring countries can be the best answer to terrorism and other transnational crimes,” he said.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque chaired the closing session of the Chiefs of Police Conference of South Asia and Neighbouring Countries on ‘Regional Cooperation in Curbing Violent Extremism and Transnational Crime’.
Representatives of police forces from Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, China, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam participated in the conference.
Besides, high officials of Interpol, Facebook, American IGCI and FBI, and ASEANPOL and International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), were also present.