Dhaka: Bangladesh yesterday ordered all educational institutions to notify authorities about students who have been absent for over 10 straight days following reports that some of the militants who carried out recent terror attacks were students who had been missing for months.
A candle-light vigil for Gulshan cafe victims in Dhaka. Pic/Getty Images
The education ministry issued an order in this regard, which said the institutions will have to make the lists of the absentee students and submit them to the Upazila education officers. After the Dhaka cafe attack, Bangladesh police and Rapid Action Battalion issued an alert, saying leaving home and joining militants had become a trend among youths.
The five militants who killed 22 people, at the Dhaka cafe had been missing for several months. The suspected attacker of the Eid gathering, who was killed in a firefight, had also been missing since March, police said.
The number of missing youths, whose parents have sought police help after the Dhaka attack