Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will pay homage to the victims of the deadliest terrorist attacks at a funeral prayer to be arranged in Dhaka on Monday, an official at the Prime Minister’s Office said.
The bodies of 20 hostages, killed by the suspected Islamists who held them hostage inside a restaurant in Gulshan diplomatic zone, will be taken to Army Stadium also to facilitate people from different walks of life to pay respect to them.
Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told reporters that the funeral prayer will be arranged at 10 am Monday.
Ruling Awami League party, in a statement, said that the senior leaders of the party will also pay homage to the victim.
Bangladeshi troops stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone to end the siege, and killed six terrorists, before recovering the bodies of 20 civilians.
Two police officers were also killed, the military said Saturday.
A statement circulated online by apparent supporters of the Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility for the attack.
The statement, whose authenticity could not be verified, said that five Islamic State fighters had attacked “a gathering of subjects of the crusader states in the city of Dakka in Bangladesh.”
It claimed that they had killed 22 “crusaders” including seven Italians and threatened that “subjects of the crusader states” would not be safe anywhere “as long as their aircraft are killing Muslims.”
Nine Italians, seven Japanese nationals, one Indian, one American citizen and two Bangladeshis were killed, their countries confirmed.