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Diplomats still in ‘risk of terrorist attack’ in Bangladesh: Danish envoy

unnamed (20)Diplomats in Dhaka are still in fear of “terrorist attack” on them in Bangladesh, around 10 months after the Gulshan café attack, Danish Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther said today.

He expressed his concern while talking to diplomatic correspondents in Dhaka. Diplomatic Correspondents’ Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) organised the programme titled ‘DCABtalk’ at Jatiya Press Club.

“In terms of risk assessment, we still feel the risk. We still have lot of restrictions on our movements…We still have a feeling that foreigners are exposed to that risk,” he said.

However, he expressed satisfaction over the security measures taken by the government after militant attack at Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1, 2016.

Twenty two people, including 17 foreigners, were brutally killed in the terror attack. Several foreign missions asked their nationals to send back their families, volunteers to home and off-limit their movement following the attack.

Winther, who joined Dhaka mission in September 2016, said that the foreign diplomats are comfortable “mentally, emotionally and psychologically” as there had been no similar attacks since the Gulshan café attack.

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