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Bangladesh launches billion dollar ‘model’ mosques to counter radicals

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina

By: Sarwar Alam

Bangladesh has launched a billion-dollar campaign to build hundreds of “model mosques”, partly with Saudi funding, to try to counter radical Islam in the Muslim-majority country, officials said on Friday (6). Prime minister Sheikh Hasina, who inaugurated work on nine mosques through a video conference on Thursday, is also trying to bolster links with Muslim groups in an election year, according to analysts. A senior official said 560 “model mosques cum cultural centres” would be built in the next 30 months as part of a government attempt to fight extremism. “In the next one to one and a half months,…

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