Stop killing in name of religion - Bangladesh PM

2016-07-02 22:29
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (AFP)

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (AFP)

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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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