‘Will find out roots of the gunmen’: PM Hasina assures Japanese state minister

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Dhaka, July 3: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that her government will find out ‘roots’ of the gunmen, who attacked in Gulshan café and killed 20 innocent people, mostly foreigners.

The premier made the comments during a meeting with Japan’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Seiji Kihara at her official residence Ganabhaban on Sunday.

“Describing the terror attack at Gulshan café as ‘unfortunate,’ the prime minister said we must find out the roots of the culprits who supplied weapons and explosives to the terrorists for the barbaric attack,” Ihsanul Karim, press secretary to the PM, told reporters after the meeting.

Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen Restaurant at Dhaka’s upscale diplomatic heart of Gulshan, came under attack on Friday evening by gunmen who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ while launching the assault.

The assailants killed two police officers, who tried to enter the café, to break the siege.

Army commandos stormed the eatery on Saturday morning and rescued 13 hostages, killing six attackers and arresting another.

The Army said 20 people were found dead on the premises during the raid, all possibly slaughtered late on Friday, hours before the commandos raided the café.

It has been confirmed that the hostages killed included nine Italians, seven Japanese and an Indian. Three Bangladeshis were also among the dead and one of them was a US citizen.

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