Homage pays to Holey Artisan victims: Vow to stamp out militancy

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, July 2: The nation recalled on Saturday its worst terror attack at a Gulshan cafe in the capital with a fresh vow to stamp out militancy from the country forever.

People from all walks of life today solemnly made it to the then Holey Artisan building to pay tributes to the victims.

Laying flowers, representatives of various political parties including Awami League, BNP, Jubo League, various civil societies and police personnel paid their respects.

On the evening of July 1, five gunmen burst into the eatery and started firing indiscriminately. They turned off all the lights, held the diners hostage and sorted out targets through a test of reciting verses from the Holy Quran.

They then brutally killed the hostages with guns and machetes, and used the victims’ phones to publish images of the bodies on the social media.

Around 12 hours later, para commandos stormed the restaurant and found traces of mindless butchery. Twenty hostages were brutally murdered with the café’s floor strewn with bodies.

Two police officers were killed in the attack.