Bangladesh PM slams media for airing terror attack

The terrorist attack, claimed by the Islamic State, in the diplomatic region of Dhaka has ended. Six terrorists were killed and 18 hostages rescued. One terrorist has been captured. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina affirms the country’s fight against terror. “What kind of humans are these, who are killing other humans during Ramzan?” she added.

“It was an extremely heinous act. What kind of Muslims are these people? They don`t have any religion,” Hasina said. “People must resist these terrorists. My government is determined to root out terrorism and militancy from Bangladesh.” She lauded efforts by security agencies to end the 10-hour siege.

Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Financial Express)
Islamic State claims responsibility for the attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh (Financial Express)

Gunmen shouting “Allahu Akbar” stormed into a well-known cafe called Holey Artisan Bakery in the diplomatic area of the Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday, taking as many as 40 hostages. Seven Italians and a Japanese were among those held hostage.

The media had for a brief period aired the attacks live. Hasina criticised the live broadcast, saying it put the victims’ lives in danger.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (NDTV)
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (NDTV)

Indian foreign affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that an Indian girl named Tarishi was taken hostage by Islamic State terrorists during the Dhaka attack on Friday and killed. She has spoken to the girl’s family and is arranging visas for them to travel to Bangladesh. Six terrorists and 20 foreigners were killed after terrorists opened fire in a bakery.

Swaraj said Tarishi was 19 years old. She had passed out from the American School Dhaka and was presently studying at Berkeley.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina and strongly condemned the terrorist attack. “India stands firmly with our sisters & brothers of Bangladesh in this hour of grief,” he said.

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