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More terror attacks in Bangladesh cannot be ruled out and visitors need to show “maximum caution”, the Italian government said on Monday.

The statement came after Islamists attacked a cafe in Dhaka and killed 20 hostages, including nine Italians.

“We advise fellow citizens in Dhaka to be vigilant and to exercise maximum caution, especially in areas popular with foreigners,” Italy’s foreign ministry said in advice to travellers on its website.

“Travel, especially on foot, should be limited to essential movements. Heightened vigilance is particularly advisable during local religious festivals,” the advice continued.

Besides the nine Italians, seven Japanese, an American and an Indian citizen and two Bangladeshi hostages were slaughtered by militants during Friday’s attack on a popular bakery in Dhaka’s diplomatic area.

Six of the attackers were killed in a gunfight with the commandos while the seventh was captured alive. Two Bangladeshi policemen died during the assault, which was claimed by the Islamic State group.

Most of the attackers were reportedly from rich families and had studied in elite private schools and universities. One of the dead gunmen was the son of a ruling party politician, it has emerged.

 

 

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Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Babu Sheikh detained in Dubai

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Mumbai, Dec 15 : The D-company received a major blow as  Gangster Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Shaikh, who is wanted in Mumbai for 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was arrested from Abu Dhabi Airport on Friday.Chhota Shakeel is considered the trusted right hand of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

Sheikh, who is wanted in Mumbai and Thane in connection with several offences including the March 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was detained and questioned by the Dubai Police at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Among other things, Sheikh is wanted for allegedly co-ordinating the Mumbai serial blasts from a location abroad.

After the Mumbai serial blasts red corner notice has been issued against him  and Indian authorities are trying to seek Anwar’s custody.

After search and interrogation, the Dubai Police are understood to have recovered a Pakistani passport from Sheikh, raising questions on his extradition to India.

Both Indian and Pakistani embassies in the UAE are said to be in touch with the Dubai authorities seeking his deportation to their respective countries.

 

Mumbai and Thane police sources said that Sheikh is linked to Pakistan’s ISI and was involved in several terror acts in India before he fled this country.

Earlier this year, Thane Anti Extortion Cell chief Pradeep Sharma had nabbed couple of persons for illegally keeping AK-56 Army assault rifles in their Mumbai suburban home in Goregaon.

 

 

 

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Israel Demolishes house of Palestinian charged with Killing Soldier

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Ramallah (West Bank), Dec 15 : Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the house of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank and then clashes took place between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers in which 10 Palestinians were injured.

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers surrounded the house that belonged to the family of Islam Abu Hmaid, accused of killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky.

Abu Hmaid threw a marble plate from a rooftop which led to the killing of a Israeli soldier  during an Israeli operation in Al-Amari refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Ramallah in May.Al-Amari camp is located in the West Bank Area A, in which Israel does not have administrative or security control as per the Oslo II Accord.

Palestinian activists and some international activists tried to prevent the house demolition.

Soldiers forced the activists to vacate the building and then destroyed it using explosives.

Clashes erupted in the process between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, who used teargas and rubber bullets, causing injuries to over 10 Palestinians who were taken to a Ramallah hospital, a Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman said.

 

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Sri Lanka’s disputed PM Rajapaksa resigns amid crisis

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Colombo, Dec 15: Sri Lanka’s disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis in the island nation.

The former strongman signed his resignation letter, surrounded by his party members at his official residence in the capital, television footage showed.

Rajapaksa’s resignation is likely to bring to an end a nearly two-month-long power struggle and will pave way for a new government to be established under President Maithripala Sirisena.

Sri Lanka plunged into political turmoil when Sirisena abruptly sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former President Rajapaksa.

Wickremesinghe is now expected to return to office on Sunday. “The President has agreed to swear in Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister tomorrow at 10 am,” his United National Party’s spokesman Harin Fernando told the BBC.

Fernando said this would end the political deadlock, remarking that the the country and its economy had suffered “huge damage” since the crisis began 50 days ago.

Rajapaksa’s son, Namal, said his father had quit to ensure national stability.

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