Bangladesh asks its citizens in Iraq to stay alert

Agency News

Dhaka, Jan 4: Bangladesh Embassy in Baghdad has requested Bangladeshi expatriates in Iraq to stay alert and maintain caution considering the current security situation in the country.

In a statement, the embassy also requested Bangladeshis not to attend any gathering, rallies, and meetings to avoid unwanted incidents. Bangladesh Embassy will remain open 24/7 to extend consular services to the expatriates. Everyone has been requested to extend cooperation. Tensions escalated when a US airstrike in Iraq, ordered by President Donald Trump, killed Iran's most powerful military commander major general Qasem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport early on Friday.

Although the situation has been tense since last Sunday after US bombing killed several fighters of a militia backed by Iran. On Tuesday, protesters attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. But the protests were withdrawn after two days of intense standoff. Between 2009 and November of 2019, some 75, 748 Bangladeshis went to Iraq for work, according to Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET). UNI