Exclusive: Al-Qaeda Claims Bangladesh Attacks On Social Media Account

There is a horrible attack in Bangladesh and an Al-Qaeda account is claiming responsibility UPDATE – the account was disabled so I added screenshots:

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They say 20 foreigners have been taken hostage:

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This account has posted Islamist propaganda long before the attack.

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The account claimed a policeman has been killed by the Islamists:

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And then 10 minutes later, CNN confirmed one policeman was killed.

Here’s a statement about who they’re targeting from a statement linked by the account on May 30th, 2016:

Those who are trying to insult our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), Allah (S) and our religion by any means such as writings, talks or physical works. We DO NOT and WILL NOT target any people who have different religious view or belief but those described before in our statement.

May Allah (s) destroy his enemies. May Allah (s) give victory to the mujahideen over crusaders, kuffar and murtaddin and satisfy the breasts of a believing people. Certainly help comes from him (Allah) and He is our only helper and guardian. We only obey Him and pray Him. All praise to Allah (S) and peace and blessing to our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Journalists will be utterly perplexed as to what the motive is.

Here’s a video of the terrible attack from a local news source – they mention “20 foreigners” taken hostage too:

We’ll update as more information is available.