Bangladesh Arrests 1,600 Following Series of Machete Attacks Carried Out by Islamist Radicals

June 11, 2016 11:54 AM

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Bangladesh Arrests 1,600 Following Series of Machete Attacks Carried Out by Islamist Radicals

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Authorities have rounded up about 1,600 criminal suspects, including a few dozen believed to be Islamist radicals, in a nationwide crackdown aimed at halting a wave of brutal attacks on minorities and activists in Bangladesh, police said Saturday.

The attacks — including two Hindus in the last week — have alarmed the international community and raised questions about whether Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s secular government can maintain security for minorities in the Sunni Muslim-majority country.

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