Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina vows to fight ‘terror threat’ within the country

  • Reuters, Dhaka
  • Updated: Jul 03, 2016 15:38 IST
In this image made from video provided by ATN News, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina makes a nationally televised speech. (AP Photo)

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday announced a two-day national mourning for the victims of the country’s worst ever hostage crisis .

At least 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, were found dead inside an upscale Dhaka cafe after commandos neutralised six gunmen to put an end to an overnight siege,

In a live television broadcast, she said the country stood “committed and determined” to uphold its freedom

“What do you want to achieve by killing innocents? Islam is a religion of peace. Do not taint our religion with your hateful acts,” Hasina

Hasina remembered the two policemen who were killed after the attackers, who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’, threw grenades at them in an early exchange of gunfire when the siege had begun.

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