Statement on attacks in Dhaka


We read with horror of the attack at O’Kitchen Restaurant in Gulshan, Dhaka and the tragic loss of the twenty civilian hostages and two police officers killed during the shooting. Our deepest condolences are with the friends and family – particularly any here in Tower Hamlets – of Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain, Abinta Kabir and Ishrat Akhond and the victims from India, Italy, Japan and Sri Lanka killed or injured in the attack.

We condemn the cruel actions of the terrorists responsible for this and other recent attacks in the country, and call on the British government to stand firm with Bangladesh in preventing the spread of militant activity and restoring a peaceful and secular democracy where all citizens can live their lives without fear of violence.

We join in mourning with the Bangladeshi communities here in London and in Dhaka and hope fervently for a more tolerant and peaceful future.


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