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Hostages held at gunpoint in a city restaurant; 2 police officer killed; Acting Secretary General condemns
Saturday, 02nd July, 2016
Acting Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, Dr. Shafiqur Rahman has issued the following statement on 2nd July, 2016 condemning the hostage incident and expressing deep concern as a group of armed miscreants attacked a Spanish restaurant, situated in Gulshan-2 circle of the capital at around 8.45 pm on Friday and took many people including some foreign citizen hostage.
 
A group of armed miscreants attacked a restaurant in Gulshan of the capital and held many local and foreign citizens hostages. Some reports are also coming up about the casualties of some high officials of the law enforcement agencies. Right now, the law enforcers have cordoned the entire area.  
 
I am condemning the incident severely and expressing deep concern. We think, a sincere and comprehensive effort should be carried out to rescue the hostages safely. Particularly the foreign citizens are our distinguished guests. It is the obligation and responsibility of the state to provide them due security. Besides, the life of the citizen should get the top priority. The miscreants should be arrested alive to confirm their identity and also to understand the entire story.  
 
I am praying to Almighty Allah for the safe rescue of the hostages and extending deep sympathy to the victims who have been murdered or became injured in this incident.”