Dhaka,July 3: The negotiations with the terrorists in Dhaka had clearly failed and this led to the security forces launching an offensive.
At first the security forces attempted negotiating the release of the hostages with the terrorists, but after several attempts it failed.
The ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the authorities in Bangladesh are not ready as yet to credit them with the same.
The police are exploring all angles in the case including the role of the home grown outfits. The reason why the police believe that it could be the handiwork of a home grown outfit is because of the demands made by the terrorists.
What were the demands?
The first demand was to release two Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh terrorists who were arrested recently. The the JMB which is a Bangladesh based outfit has been responsible for a series of attacks. In fact this was the same outfit which was part of the Burdwan module that had been busted last year.
The next demand was to accept that the attack was the carried out by the ISIS. The terrorists insisted that the government announce that the attack was staged by the ISIS. It appears that the government was not willing to give into this demand.
However, the terrorists continued to insist that credit for the attack be given to the ISIS.
The second demand was nothing but a desperate attempt to have the government acknowledge the ISIS. The ISIS has been attempting to announce its entry in Bangladesh and the rest of the sub-Continent.
Any announcement by the government in this regard would have given the group the necessary mileage it has been looking for.
These demands are in fact interesting and it throws open a question as to who carried out the attack. An officer with the Intelligence Bureau in India explains that it could well be the JMB.
The group has the capability of striking. However one cannot ignore the ISIS or the al-Qaeda angle as well. The JMB which had been leaning with the al-Qaeda earlier appears to have made a gradual shift towards the ISIS today, the officer also added.