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Terrorist attack in Bangladesh

  • July 4, 2016
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160705 close-up gendaiNHK’s “Close-up Gendai Plus” reported on the deadly terrorist attack at a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, in which 22 people were killed, including seven Japanese nationals. An expert said it is not surprising that the terrorists were young Bangladeshis who came from rich families and were highly educated, since many jihadists are elites. He said young people who have access to the Internet are more prone to be influenced by extremism than those who are poor. The program explained that a number of terrorist attacks have occurred over the last few years in Bangladesh, targeting bloggers who criticized extremists. The program also reported on a deepening division between the current government and the largest opposition party, which places importance on Islam, saying that political tension and instability are believed to be behind the latest terrorist attack.

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