Bangladesh issues travel alert on Australia after NZ mosque attacks – bdnews24.com


The government also asked Bangladeshis living in Australia to be vigilant at all times, particularly in public places, stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources.

An Australian identified as Brenton Tarrant has been charged with killing 50 people and injuring 48 people in gun attacks on worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch on March 15. Five Bangladeshis died and three others injured in the attacks.

The Australian man charged over twin mosque attacks identified himself as a ‘white supremacist’.

Before perpetrating the attacks on worshippers, he declared himself a “racist” in his 74-page manifesto containing slogans, poems and diatribes against immigrants and Muslims.

Hours after the mosque attacks, Australian Senator Fraser Anning issued a statement blaming mosque massacre on Muslims and expressed growing fears within the Australian community of the increasing Muslim presence in Australia and New Zealand.

Such an extremist stand from an Australian lawmaker triggers fears of hatred and racism in Australia, the foreign ministry said.

“In this backdrop, Bangladesh nationals living in Australia and Bangladesh nationals travelling to Australia are advised to be vigilant at all times, particularly in public places, stay informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources.”

The High Commission of Bangladesh in Canberra can be contacted by phone: +61 424472544, +61 424472544, +61 450173035.

Earlier, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said on Monday that they had issued a travel advisory on New Zealand soon after the attack “to make citizens aware of the situation.”

In 2016, Australia issued strong travel advice for its nationals against visiting Bangladesh and suspended direct cargo flights from Dhaka to its shores following the unprecedented Holey Artisan Bakery attack.

Australia had also cancelled its cricket team’s trip to Dhaka.



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