Crowds have gathered in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to remember the victims of Friday’s restaurant attack in the city, claimed by ISIL.
This kind of attack in a public place, with innocent victims, many of whom were guests in our country, is something which is unacceptable to all people of this country
Gunmen killed 20 people, most of them foreigners.
Protesters united in horror and in their resolve to stamp out violence.
“This kind of attack in a public place, with innocent victims, many of whom were guests in our country, is something which is unacceptable to all people of this country,” said Khushi Kabir, a social worker.
Kazuku Bhiiyan, a Japanese resident of Bangladesh, added: “We all Bangladeshis must come together to stop and protect as much as possible, so that it never happens again. We don’t want any more incidents to take place.”
It was one of the deadliest attacks to date in Bangladesh.
Foreign companies with nationals working in the garment industry – the lifeblood of the economy – have suspended travel. The hospitality industry has also been badly hit.
Bangladesh police tried to get more information on Monday from friends and family of the men suspected of carrying out the deadly attack. Some are believed to have attended top schools and colleges at home and abroad.