Stop killing in the name of Islam, urges Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

'Please stop tarnishing our noble religion... I implore you to come back to the rightful path and uphold the pride of Islam,' Hasina said.

AFP July 02, 2016 20:31:31 IST
Stop killing in the name of Islam, urges Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Dhaka: Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pleaded with Islamist extremists to stop killing in the name of religion Saturday after 20 hostages were killed in a siege at a Dhaka restaurant.

"Islam is a religion of peace. Stop killing in the name of the religion," Hasina said in a televised address to the nation in which she declared two days of mourning.

Stop killing in the name of Islam urges Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File photo Reuters

"Please stop tarnishing our noble religion... I implore you to come back to the rightful path and uphold the pride of Islam."

The prime minister, whose government has been unable to stop a growing wave of attacks on foreigners and religious minorities, urged a nationwide effort to combat extremism.

She asked people to set up "anti-terrorism committees" in districts and sub-districts across the mainly Muslim but officially secular country.

The 68-year-old premier said the people behind the attacks were trying to ruin Bangladesh.

"By holding innocent civilians hostage at gunpoint, they want to turn our nation into a failed state," she said.

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