Dhaka terror attack: Islam is no longer a religion of peace, says Taslima Nasreen

Coming down heavily on the recent attacks in Dhaka where gunmen burst into Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital, killing twenty foreigners on Friday, renowned author Taslima Nasreen said that Islam is no longer a religion of peace.

In a series of tweets, the author has also said that the terrorists who entered the restaurant as they set off explosives, shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greater), should be called 'Islamic terrorists' rather than 'gunmen' as reported by the media.

She has also been critical of Bangladesh's PM Sheikh Hasina, who while addressing the nation on Saturday, had said that there is no presence of Islamic State in Bangladesh.

She also expressed outrage over how 19-year-old Tarushi Jain was hacked to death by the Islamic State terrorists only because she was unable to recite Quranic verses.

Claiming that Dhaka terrorists were from rich families and studied in elite schools, she said, "Please do not say poverty and illiteracy make people Islamic terrorists."

Stating that her country has no freedom of expression as is evident in murders of bloggers and writers, Nasreen told CNN-News 18, "There is no freedom of expression in Bangladesh. So many bloggers, writers were killed only for expressing views different from that of fundamentalists. Many bloggers were imprisoned."

"Many bloggers left the country to America, Germany, India and Nepal. Many secular bloggers stopped writing because of fear," she added.

The Dhaka attack took place after a series of murders of foreigners, religious minorities and secular activists in Bangladesh, blamed on or claimed by Islamist militants.

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Updated Date: Jul 04, 2016 12:38:40 IST

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