The fierce rivalry between the two political factions fuels the terrorism that spreads fear and mayhem throughout the country.
Government responses to terrorism are inevitably politicized, no matter where in the world they happen. But in Bangladesh, political self-interest may well thwart a robust response to a mounting terrorist threat. The country has seen a string of high profile attacks this year, including one at a café in Dhaka in July, which left 20 people dead, most of whom were foreigners.
This and other attacks have been claimed by IS, and yet the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has refused to acknowledge the group’s presence in the country.