DHAKA, Bangladesh – Hours after Daesh terrorists killed 20 hostages in a café in the capital, Dhaka, Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed says the militants are “tarnishing” the image of Islam, stressing that the Takfiri group must stop killing people in the name of religion.
“Islam is a religion of peace. Stop killing in the name of the religion,” Hasina said in a televised address to the nation on Saturday, during which she also declared two days of mourning.
“Please stop tarnishing our noble religion… I implore you to come back to the rightful path and uphold the pride of Islam,” she further said.
Late on Friday, a group of armed men attacked an upscale café in the diplomatic area of the capital at around 9:20 pm local time (1320 GMT), setting off explosives and taking a number of people hostage, including foreigners.
Police said eight to nine gunmen armed with assault rifles, grenades, crude bombs and swords were holed up inside.
Several hours later, police forces managed to enter the place to free the hostages. Two officers lost their lives in the clashes.