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Bangladesh May Be Emerging Terrorist Nexus, Canadian Spy Agency Warns

Bangladesh may be emerging as a haven for Islamic terrorists in South Asia, says an intelligence report by Canada’s spy agency. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service expressed concern about serious attacks by radicals on cultural groups in Bangladesh, hints of collusion with Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida and the government’s alleged unwillingness to crack down on terrorism. The CSIS report also suggests there could be dangers to Canadian aid agencies with a “strong presence” in Bangladesh, the third-largest Muslim country in the world. The Canadian Press news agency obtained a declassified copy of the secret July report under the Access to Information Act. Considerable portions of the highly sensitive document were withheld from release. A CSIS spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the findings. After reading the report, Bangladesh’s high commissioner in Ottawa steadfastly denied his country had become a terrorist sanctuary. Full Story

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