Experts Warn of Blowback After Bangladeshi Crackdown
It's a vicious circle. In 18 months, machete-wielding attackers have killed dozens in Bangladesh, most of them religious minorities, atheists, political bloggers and LGBT activists. Last week, assailants killed the Muslim wife of a counterterrorism police official, prompting authorities to detain nearly 11,000 in an anti-terror crackdown. The growth of such violence in a country founded on secular principles has alarmed many, while the government's response - blaming local political opposition rather than international militants - has raised fears that it may bolster extremist recruitment.