Pope Francis while condemning the attack in Bangladesh has termed the heinous act of the terrorist an offence against God and humanity. The Pontiff offered prayers the families and victims of the July 1 siege on a restaurant in Bangladesh.
In a statement issued on behalf of the Pontiff, it was stated that the Pope was: “Deeply saddened by the senseless violence perpetrated against innocent victims in Dhaka, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses heartfelt condolences and condemns such barbarous acts as offences against God and humanity.”
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State said that the Pontiff has commended the dead to God’s mercy, “His Holiness gives the assurance of his prayers for the grieving families and the wounded.” The statement which came just a day after the attack, which left 20 dead.
On July 1, Friday, eight armed terrorists stormed the Hotel Artisan Bakery café in Dhaka. The gunmen opened indiscriminate fire and set off explosives. The attack occurred at the time when fasting Muslims were about to break their fast. There are media reports that the attackers were shouting “Allahu akbar,” at the time of attack.
The terrorists held those inside the café, hostage while 20 of them got killed majority of them being foreigners. The casualties included two policemen also. In retaliation to the attackers, six of the terrorists were gunned down by the police, while one of them has been arrested and one remains missing.
At least nine Italians and seven Japanese were among those killed. The Indian foreign minister said a young Indian woman was among the dead. Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina has declared two days of national mourning. “It was an extremely heinous act,” Bangladeshi Premier said in a televised statement. “What kind of Muslims are these people? They don’t have any religion.