Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday paid glowing tributes to the victims of the last week’s terrorist attacks on a restaurant in Dhaka where suspected Islamists killed 20 hostages and two security officials.
She paid floral wreath at the coffins of the victims, who included Italians, Japanese, Bangladeshi, American and Indian nationals at Dhaka’s Army Stadium on the second day of national mourning announced after the deadliest attack in the Bangladeshi Dhaka.
After placing floral wreath the prime minister stood in solemn silence for a moment to pay respect the deceased at Army Stadium in Banani.
A one-minute silence was observed.
Floral wreath was placed on behalf of President Abdul Hamid, who is now in a visit to Bhutan on a state visit.
Television footage show the Prime Minister wearing black badge stood silent for a moment on the stage after placing flowers at the funeral caskets placed in a raised platform which bored the flags of Bangladesh, Japan, India, Italy and the United States.
The gathering of rites was aired-live by state-run Bangladesh television.
Ministers, Diplomats, political leaders, relatives and friends of the victims and people from other strata, who arrived at the ground braving a drizzle, then paid their last tributes to the victims after the premier left.
The twenty civilians – nine Italians, Seven Japanese, one Indian, two Bangladeshi and one US national – were killed by Islamist militants who took them hostage during an hours-long siege that started Friday at a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital.
Troops stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone early Saturday to end the siege, and killed six terrorists. Two police officers were also killed.
Thirteen hostages, mostly Bangladeshi nationals, were rescued alive during the army-led operation.
Islamic State militants claimed the responsibility of the attacks, but Bangladesh said the terrorists are home-grown. Police also released photographs of the bodies of the attackers.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced two days of mourning after the attacks and vowed to bring the attackers and their masterminds to justice.
Japan, United States, India and other countries offered Bangladesh with assistance to root-out terrorism.
The bodies of the victims will be handed to the relatives Monday after the funeral rites are completed as a five-member Italian and 18-member Japanese delegations arrived in Dhaka.
Japanese government provided a special aircraft to carry the coffins of its nine citizens.