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Dhaka terror strike: Home Ministry sounds high alert

Militants slaughtered at least 20 civilians in Bangladesh capital, before security forces rescued 13 hostages and gunned down six gunmen

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Publish Date: Jul 2 2016 5:02PM | Updated Date: Jul 3 2016 9:39AM

Dhaka terror strike: Home Ministry sounds high alert

An injured policeman is escorted away by his colleague after the attack in Dhaka. (Photo: IANS)


Alarmed by the terror attack in Bangladesh capital, Centre has sounded high alert in states bordering that country, including West Bengal, Tripura and Assam.


Reports said that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked Border Security Force (BSF) and other agencies to keep strict vigil along the international borders.


Early on Saturday, Islamic State militants slaughtered at least 20 civilians, most of them foreigners, with sharp weapons in Bangladesh capital Dhaka at a popular cafe, before security forces rescued 13 hostages and gunned down six gunmen.


An Indian girl is also among those killed in the attack.


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed the killing of Tarushi Jain of Firozabad in Uttar Pradesh. "I am extremely pained to share that the terrorists have killed Tarushi. I have spoken to her father Sanjeev Jain and conveyed our deepest condolences. The country is with them in this hour of grief," Sushma Swaraj tweeted.


According to a report, Home Minister Rajnath Singh got a briefing on the situation in Bangladesh from senior officials in the ministry and security agencies.


Bangladesh has lately seen an increase in militant Islamist violence.


The neighbouring country has for long been able to ward off Islamic radicalism and the Sheikh Hasina government in particular has been widely considered to be committed to secularism.


However, Islamic fundamentalism of the Wahabi and Talibani variety has of late "plagued" a section of the Bangladeshi society as manifested in attacks on secular writers, Hindus, Buddhists and Christins, say Indian intelligence agencies.