Bangladesh to ban Islamic TV channel after Dhaka attack

Bangladesh to ban Islamic TV channel after Dhaka attack

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Islamic preacher Zakir Naik (on posters) is the founder of Peace TV [Hindustan Times via Getty Images]Islamic preacher Zakir Naik (on posters) is the founder of Peace TV [Hindustan Times via Getty Images]

Government orders ban following reports that Peace TV may have played a role in inspiring Dhaka cafe assailants.

 

Bangladesh has ordered the banning of an Islamic television channel following a deadly attack on the cafe in the capital, Dhaka, following reports that the station's broadcasting may have played a role in inspiring the assailants.

Peace TV, a private channel founded by Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, was said to have inspired some of the attackers in their raid on the cafe, according to an intelligence report cited by local media.

"We will take administrative steps to ban Peace TV on Monday," Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu told journalists after a counterterrorism meeting in Dhaka on Sunday. 

The attack on the Holey Artisan Cafe in an upmarket Dhaka suburb was one of the deadliest in Bangladesh, with many of the hostages being hacked to death during a 12-hour siege.

The armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack – though Bangladeshi authorities deny this and insist that the violence was homegrown.

 

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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