Different nations expressed condemnation over the attack on a popular tourist cafe in Bangladesh that killed 20 foreigners on the start of Eid holiday.
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the recent bloodbath in the capital, Dhaka, that killed nine Italian, 7 Japanese, a US citizen and a 19-year-old Indian who is just studying in the country among the dead.
Bangladesh’s Prime Minister issued a plea for the Islamist extremists to stop killing in the name of religion.
According to the local army, the seized began late Friday, was brought to an end nearly 11 hours later when elite forces stormed the Western-style Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Gulshan, killing six hostage-takers.
The elite force said most of the victims were killed with sharpened machete-style weapons, and one of the assailants was captured alive and arrested.
PM Sheikh Hasina declared two days of mourning amid the attack and called the attention of the Isis group to stop killing in the name of religion.
“Please stop tarnishing our noble.. I imploring you to come back to the rightful path and uphold the pride of Islam,” Hasina said in a press briefing.
The attack triggered widespread condemnation, including Pope Francis even called the attack as a “barbarous act against God and humanity”