Bangladesh pays homage to Dhaka terror attack victims
People paid homage to the victims and placed wreaths during the ceremony at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in Dhaka cantonment which drew a huge crowd
Dhaka: Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday led the nation in paying homage to 20 slain hostages of the worst terror attack on its soil, including an Indian, at a solemn ceremony in Dhaka.
Diplomats, politicians and people from different strata of society paid homage to the victims and placed wreaths during the ceremony at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in Dhaka cantonment which drew a huge crowd despite light rain.
Islamist militants stormed a cafe popular with expatriates and diplomats in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone where they hacked to death 20 hostages on Friday.
At the ceremony, the caskets, bearing the flags of India, Italy, Bangladesh, Japan and the US—signifying the nationalities of the victims—were placed on a raised platform. Hasina placed floral wreaths on the caskets of the victims. Autopsies on the bodies had been conducted earlier at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka.
Of those killed, 18 were foreigners—Nine Italians, seven Japanese, one American of Bangladeshi-origin and an Indian, 19-year-old Tarishi Jain. Two other Bangladeshis were also among the hostages slaughtered. The bodies of two Bangladeshis and one Bangladeshi-born US citizen were handed over to their relatives after the ceremony that was held on the second day of the two-day nationwide mourning. Officials said the rest of the bodies of foreign nationals would be handed over to their respective embassies.
Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the killing of the hostages, mostly foreigners, and two police officers during the 12-hour siege that ended on Saturday after the army stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, killing six attackers and capturing one alive. However, Bangladesh has blamed ‘home-grown’ Islamist terrorists and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI for the country’s worst terror attack, ruling out the role of the IS. PTI
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