Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan blamed Israel as part of an “international conspiracy” behind a spate of recent killings in his country.
“Bangladesh has become the target of an international conspiracy. And a foreign intelligence agency has joined the conspiracy,” Khan said, the BBC reported.
“You must have noticed that an Israeli intelligence agent had a meeting with a politician, it does not need to be verified further, all Bangladeshi know about it,” he added.
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon told the BBC that the suggestion of Israeli involvement is “utter drivel.”
A Muslim-majority country bordered by India, Bangladesh does not have any formal diplomatic relations with Israel. Recently, Bangladeshi opposition lawmaker Aslam Chowdhury was arrested and charged with sedition after he was pictured meeting an Israeli government advisor in India.
Bangladesh’s spate of killings in recent months has been largely attributed to the Islamic State and al-Qaeda terrorist organizations as well as other Islamist groups in the country. The latest murder on Sunday saw a wife of a senior Bangladeshi police official who had been battling with Islamists shot dead. A Christian grocer was also attacked by machete-wielding assailants the same day.