Pakistan on Monday rejected allegations of involvement in Dhaka terror attack. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi American and two Bangladeshis were among the 20 killed in the terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery.
Bangladesh’s Information Minister Hasanul-Haq-Inu on Sunday blamed Pakistan’s ISI for the Dhaka terror attack. He asserted that the attack on the innocent people was made to embarrass the government and create a political situation which ferments conspiracy. The minister further said that the attack did not have link with any international terrorist organisation.
In a statement Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that allegations of the country’s involvement in Dhaka terror atack were baseless, irresponsible and provocative. Pakistan blamed the Indian media for spreading lies.
Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, nearly four hours after the hostage crisis unfolded. Bangladesh, however, blamed “homegrown” Islamist terrorists and Pakistan’s spy agency ISI for the attack, ruling out involvement of the Islamic State.
The 12-hour-long hostage crisis in an upscale bakery had ended on Saturday morning after a two-hour long assault by armed forces’ commandos killing six gunmen and capturing one alive. “A majority of the boys who attacked the restaurant came from very good educational institutions. Some went to sophisticated schools. Their families are relatively well-to-do people,” Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu told NDTV.
The hostages were asked to recite verses from the Quran, to prove themselves Muslim, according to a witness. Those who passed were allowed to eat. Those who failed were tortured and slain.
Most of the attacks in the past several months have involved machete-wielding men singling out individual activists, foreigners and religious minorities.