The government has issued a travel advisory on Tuesday for Bangladesh nationals living in and travelling to Australia asking them to exercise caution in public places.
Bangladesh nationals ‘are advised to be vigilant at all times, particularly in public places, stay informed of potential risks to be safe and secure by monitoring the media and other local information sources,’ the foreign ministry said in an advice posted on its website.
The government earlier issued a travel alert for Bangladesh nationals in New Zealand and persons intending to visit New Zealand. They should take security and other issues in New Zealand in consideration before travelling to the country.
An Australian named Brenton Tarrant has been charged with killing 50 people and injuring 48 people in subsequent gun attacks on worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch of New Zealand on March 15, the foreign ministry said. Five people of Bangladesh origin were killed and three were injured during the attacks.
The Australian man who was charged with the attacks was allegedly a white supremacist and before perpetrating the attacks on March 15 he declared himself as ‘racist’ in his 74-page manifesto containing slogans, poems and diatribes against immigrants and Muslims.
Hours after the shocking attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, the ministry said, an Australian senator issued a statement blaming mosque massacre on Muslims and expressed growing fear within Australian community of the increasing Muslim presence in Australia and New Zealand.
Such an extremist position of an Australian lawmaker triggers fear and hatred, thereby stoking racism in Australia, the foreign ministry said.
The Bangladesh High Commission in Canberra remains at service and can be contacted at +61424472544 and +61450173035, according to statement.
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