Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she was determined to eradicate terrorism in Bangladesh Saturday after security forces stormed a cafe where Islamist extremists had taken dozens of diners hostage.
“There is no place for terrorists or terrorism on Bangladesh’s soil,” Hasina said.
“People must resist these terrorists. My government is determined to root out terrorism and militancy from Bangladesh.”
“It was an extremely heinous act. What kind of Muslims are these who kill other people during Ramzan,” she said.
In an address to the media, Hasina said six gunmen had been killed and one was captured alive during Saturday’s operations by a joint force led by military commandos.
The prime minister also praised the role of the security officials for saving many lives. “Because of the role of the joint force the terrorists could not flee,” Hasina said.
(With inputs from agencies)