Nine Italians, seven Japanese, and one Indian tourist were among the 20 hostages that were hacked to death with sharp weapons by 7 heavily-armed Islamist State terrorists. After an 11-hour standoff at an up market restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, on July 1, the jihadists, shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’, carried out the massacre with high-powered automatic weapons, explosives and knives. It was on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan; inside the Holey Artisan Bakery, frequented by foreigners in the city’s diplomatic quarter.
15 hostages were rescued, 6 terrorists were shot dead, and 2 police officers were killed after the bloodbath ended Saturday morning. 26 people, including 25 police officers and a civilian, are being treated for injuries from gunshots and shrapnel; 10 of them are in critical condition, according to hospital authorities.
#ISIS apparently claims responsibility for the #Dhaka terror attack via Amaq News Agency. Provides no proof at all. pic.twitter.com/iPv3IUvep2— Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) July 1, 2016
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the terror attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors the jihadist activity online. The Amaq news agency, an information outlet linked to the Islamic State, also posted images of the carnage and hostages’ bodies on social media.
Hiding behind Ramzan to condemn #Dhaka terror is duplicitous. For terrorists, killing in Ramzan is apparently more rewarding in afterlife— sushant sareen (@sushantsareen) July 1, 2016
Tarishi was 19 years old. She passed out from American School Dhaka. Presently, she was a student at Berkeley. https://t.co/oeTViJ8Xqa— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 2, 2016
Is India Next?
In an interview with ISIS’ online magazine Dabiq in April, Shaykh Abu Ibrahim Al-Hanif, ‘Amir of Khilafah in Bangladesh’ accused Hindus of India and Bangladesh of waging war against Islam and the Muslims.
ISIS enters Dhaka with 1st big terror attack. New Delhi must take it as alarm bell for our National Security. Enemy is outside the door.— आशुतोष (@ashu3page) July 2, 2016
Is It Really ISIS?ISIS is a sleeping partner of the South Asian terror network with similar radical ideology, which allows morphing of the threat from home grown Islamic militants. But if the ISIS involvement is genuine, then the war of the terror groups has entered the subcontinent and is definitely a warning sign.
#Bangladesh is an old Islamist lab with new #ISIS signboard — My piece on a 100 years of terror & genocides. #Dhaka https://t.co/6HqmvZrwry— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) July 2, 2016