Bangladesh on alert as Islamists threaten UN staff

Published on 21 April 2009

Bangladesh tightened security on Tuesday after an outlawed Islamist group threatened to kill local staff of United Nations agencies at a district town, officials and police said on Tuesday. Identical letters, written in English and signed by the outlawed Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) command in Barisal coastal district, were sent on Monday to the local offices of UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The letters ordered the agencies' local operations to be closed and their staff withdrawn within 24 hours, one officer with a UN office told Reuters. "Otherwise, the JMB threatened to kill our local staff," the officer said.

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