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PM: Be vocal against terrorists

  • Published at 09:43 pm April 21st, 2019
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina speaks at the mass reception organized by the Bangladesh community living in Brunei Darussalam at the Empire Hotel and County Club on Sunday, April 21, 2019 Focus Bangla

Her call comes after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing over 200 people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly condemned the deadly bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, urging all to be vocal against the terrorists.

“The terrorists have no race, religion and countries... They’re terrorists and they destroy the life of the people. So, I call upon all to be vocal against them,” she said on Sunday, reports BSS.

Her remarks came while addressing a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community living in Brunei Darussalam at the Indera Samudera Ballroom of the Empire Hotel and County Club in the evening.

Hasina said many people were killed and injured as bomb attacks were orchestrated at eight places in Sri Lanka. “We strongly condemn the barbaric incident,” she said.

In this connection, she said another regretful incident is that Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s daughter’s family became victims of the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.

“Selim’s son-in-law and a grandson were taking food at a restaurant, where a bomb blast took place,” she said.

Over 200 people were killed and at least 450 injured in bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Colombo on Easter Sunday, the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.

Seven people were arrested and three police officers were killed during a security forces raid on a house in the Sri Lankan capital several hours after the rash of attacks, some of which officials said were suicide bombs.


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The government declared a curfew in Colombo and blocked access to social media and messaging sites, including Facebook and WhatsApp. It was unclear when the curfew would be lifted.

Prime Minister Hasina also said that such terrorist acts happened in New Zealand just few weeks back.

She said her government has not only declared zero tolerance to root out terrorism and militancy, it also has kept intelligence agencies alert. “We’re taking prompt actions against the terrorists when they are identified.”

She reiterated that there will be no room for militants, terrorists, corrupts and drug addicts on the soil of the country. “We are taking measures so that the living standard of the people can be developed.”

State Minister for Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Welfare Imran Ahmed and Dr AKM Ahsan Ullah of Brunei University spoke at the function, while Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Air Vice Marshal (retd) Mahmud Hussain presided over it.

Earlier, the leaders of Bangladesh community greeted the prime minister by presenting bouquets.