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Biswal meets foreign envoys in Dhaka,visits terror attack site

Biswal, the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, also visited the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave where terrorists killed 22 people including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian and an American citizen of Bangladesh origin on July 1.

The US point person for South Asia, stayed there for around 20 minutes amid police barricade surrounding the area.The radical Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack on the popular eatery, which is frequented by foreigners. The second terror attack targeted the country’s biggest Eid gathering at Sholakia in northern Kishoreganj district.

Biswal is visiting Dhaka following the two high-profile attacks and has offered Washington’s support to build Bangladesh’s capabilities in countering terrorism.She is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal. 

Earlier, she met Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, and Dhaka-based diplomats including the Indian High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Shringla, among others, to discuss security issues, BDNews24.com reported.

US Secretary of State John Kerry had last week phoned Prime Minister Hasina and “encouraged” her government to conduct its investigation in accordance with the highest international standards and offered immediate assistance from US law enforcement, including the FBI. 

Italy and Japan have also decided to conduct coordinated diplomatic and intelligence operations in Bangladesh, the report said.

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