Stop killing in name of religion: Bangladesh PM
July 02 2016 05:45 PM
HASINA
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AFP/Dhaka

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pleaded with Islamist extremists to stop killing in the name of religion Saturday after 20 hostages were killed in a siege at a Dhaka restaurant.

‘Islam is a religion of peace. Stop killing in the name of the religion,’ Hasina said in a televised address to the nation in which she declared two days of mourning.

‘Please stop tarnishing our noble religion... I implore you to come back to the rightful path and uphold the pride of Islam.’

The prime minister, whose government has been unable to stop a growing wave of attacks on foreigners and religious minorities, urged a nationwide effort to combat extremism.

She asked people to set up ‘anti-terrorism committees’ in districts and sub-districts across the mainly Muslim but officially secular country.

The 68-year-old premier said the people behind the attacks were trying to ruin Bangladesh.

‘By holding innocent civilians hostage at gunpoint, they want to turn our nation into a failed state,’ she said.



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