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Bangladesh mourns cafe terror attack

National flag would be hoisted at half-mast, people would wear black badges during two days of mourning

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Publish Date: Jul 3 2016 2:09PM | Updated Date: Jul 3 2016 2:09PM

Bangladesh mourns cafe terror attack

 A relative of a hostahge cry near the site of an attack at a Spanish restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave Gulshan on Saturday. (Photo: IANS)

 

Next day after attack, Bangladesh mourned the victims of the attack on a cafe in Dhaka in which Islamic State terrorists killed 20 persons, mostly foreigners, one of them an Indian.

 
National flag would be hoisted at half-mast, people would wear black badges and prayers would be offered in mosques, temples, churches and other places of worship during two days of mourning which started from Sunday.
 
At least seven militants entered the café in Dhaka's diplomatic zone on Friday night, taking more than 30 people hostage. 
 
All attackers were Bangladeshi citizens and five of them were wanted by police for various cases.
 
The 20 persons were brutally murdered during the 12-hour long siege before Bangladeshi forces stormed the popular cafe and rescued 13 hostages, including one Japanese and two Sri Lankan nationals.
 
As many as six terrorists were killed in army-led joint forces operation codenamed "Operation Thunderbolt" while one of the attackers was captured alive.
 
Two police officials were also killed in the gunfire earlier in the standoff, authorities said.
 
According to the Bangladesh Army, those killed included nine Italian nationals, seven Japanese, one Indian girl, two Bangladeshis and a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin.
 
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday, addressing the nation after the end of the siege, declared a two-day mourning for the victims.
 
Condemning the "extremely heinous act", she vowed to root out terrorism from the country which has seen a spate of deadly attacks by the IS and Al Qaeda-linked militants on progressive academics, writers, activists and religious minorities in the Muslim-majority country.
 
"We'll establish Bangladesh as a peaceful state... No conspiracy can hinder our advancement," she said.
 
"What kind of Muslims are these people? They don't have any religion. People must resist these terrorists. My government is determined to root out terrorism and militancy from Bangladesh," she said.