Terrorism is the crime against humanity and affects to every human of the world. Bangladesh isn’t exception and also faces the same problems. But Bangladesh has taken the challenge to counter and prevent the terrorism and violent extremism with the cooperation and assistance of global communities. In addition, for strengthening the anti-terrorism countering capacity, the government of Bangladesh enacted a new law in 2017. To fulfill the purposes of the law, Anti- Terrorism Unit has been raised as the lead agency to deal with radicalization, extremism and violent extremism issues in Bangladesh.
From the very outset, Bangladesh government has declared “Zero Tolerance” policy towards the terrorism. Likewise, ATU is committed to strive for a full-fledged proactive dedicated, responsive and professional police unit to combat terrorism, extremism and violence. ATU has been assigned with the whole country wide jurisdiction to combat militancy and terrorism and is also assigned with combating cyber crimes, terror financing and creating mass awareness against terrorism, violent extremism and radicalization. This unit is a modern technology based and intelligence led independent and self- sustained organization controlled by the government and under general supervision of the Inspector General of Bangladesh police.