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National and international quarters were now hatching conspiracy against country, says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan: Referring to recent spate of targeted killings, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan on May 16 said that national and international quarters were now hatching a conspiracy against the country. "The peace-loving people of the country are against extremism and terrorism and that is why big terror attacks are not taking place here," the Home Minister said after a meeting with a 15-member US delegation led by US State Department's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs William E Todd at the secretariat. New Age, May 17, 2016.

BNP in favour of war crimes trial if held in free and fair manner, says BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) supports war crimes trials if it is held without any political intention and in a free and fair manner, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on May 13. Fakhrul at the press briefing also announced that the party will hold protest programmes on May 15 and 16 demanding the withdrawal of the cases filed against the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia. This was the first reaction of the party after the execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami, ameer of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), who was hanged on May 10, 2016, for crimes against humanity that he committed during the country's Liberation War in 1971. Daily Star, May 13, 2016

JeI amir Motiur Rahman Nizami executed at Dhaka Central Jail for war crimes committed during Liberation War: Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) amir (chief) Motiur Rahman Nizami (75), the kingpin of notorious Al-Badr force and second top collaborator of the Pakistani occupation forces after former JeI amir Ghulam Azam, was executed at Dhaka Central Jail at 12:10am on May 11. On October 29, 2014, International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) sentenced Nizami to death for planning, instigating and executing genocide, murder, rape and deportation among other crimes in Pabna and Dhaka during the 1971 Liberation War. Nizami is the fifth war criminal and fourth JeI leader to have been hanged for war atrocities. Dhaka Tribune, May 12, 2016.

Sufi spiritual leader hacked to death in Rajshahi District: A Sufi Muslim spiritual leader was hacked to death in Rajshahi District on May 7. The body of 65-year-old Mohammad Shahidullah was recovered in a mango orchard at Jumarpara village of Tanore upazila (sub-district) of the District, Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohammad Nisharul Arif said. However, Police are not sure "if the murder had any link to the previous murders of bloggers, secular activists and pirs," Arif said

Meanwhile, unidentified assailants attacked an Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI), Anisur Rahman, him with sharp weapons at around 9:30am inside an alley at Bangshal in Old Dhaka on May 7. CNN; BD News, May 8, 2016.

Number of attacks in first four months of 2016 tripled compared to that of 2015, says Police: Police on May 3 said that the number of attacks in the first four months of 2016 tripled compared to that of 2015. A report released by Police said that between January and April 2015, three terrorist attacks took place while as of April 30, 2016 as many as nine attacks were committed. Since 2013, 37 attacks took place. Of the 37 attacks, two were in 2013, 26 in 2015 and nine in 2016. The report said, "The attacks claimed by the IS are actually committed by JMB while those claimed by the Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent are by ABT." Daily Star, May 4, 2016.

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