Egypt temporarily closes embassy in Dhaka over security reasons

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 21:56

Dhaka: A student activist of Bangladesh`s fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami was arrested today on charge of threatening to blow up the Egyptian embassy here, which was earlier shut down for 11 days over "security reasons".

Shawkat Afsar of Islami Chhatra Shibir, student wing of the Jamaat, was arrested on a tip-off, Deputy Commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police Masudur Rahman said.

Afsar was arrested from a coaching centre, Rahman was quoted as saying by The Daily Star. Yesterday, the embassy received a letter from an unidentified sender asking the Egyptian authorities to stop "killing of Muslim Brotherhood members" in Egypt.

The authorities later decided to shut down the consular section of the Egyptian embassy for 11 days from today.

"The consular section of the embassy will remain closed from 21-31 August due to some security reasons," the embassy said in a statement without elaboration.

The law enforcement agencies have since beefed up security measures on and around the embassy.
Several right-wing Islamist groups earlier protested the Egyptian army crackdown on the Brotherhood activists.

Some 200 student wing activists of the Jamaat, believed to have close political affiliation with Brotherhood, staged a protest march in Dhaka yesterday.
They exploded several crude bombs to denounce the army actions in Egypt. Dhaka and Cairo maintain a close diplomatic tie but Dhaka is yet to issue any statement on the recent developments in Egypt.
About 900 people have reportedly been killed in Egypt since last Wednesday, when the army cleared protest camps set up by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, who was removed from power by the military on July 3.


First Published: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 21:56

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