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Bangladesh Tightens Diplomatic Security After Bomb Threat


Security has been tightened at embassies in Bangladesh after a threat to blow up the U.S. and British diplomatic missions.

Police say a man who said he is a member of the al-Qaida terrorist network sent the threatening message by fax to the British High Commission early Sunday. Authorities say the man also threatened unspecified European missions.

The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry said recently it had warned foreign diplomatic missions about the threat of possible attacks by Islamist militants who have been blamed for a series of bomb attacks in the country this year.

Outlawed Islamist groups are fighting to turn democratic Bangladesh, the world's third most populous mainly Muslim nation, into a Sharia-based Islamic state.

Matiur Rahman Choudhury has more on the story.

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