DHAKA, July 2 - �Stop killing people in the name of Islam�, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today as she vowed to do everything to eliminate terrorists from the country after 20 foreigners were killed in an attack on a cafe in Bangladesh claimed by the Islamic State terror group.
Announcing a two-day state mourning for those killed in the worst terror attack in the country, Hasina asked all, including the general public, to get united to resist a �handful of terrorists�.
�Inshaallah (God willing), by eliminating terrorists from their roots, we�ll establish Bangladesh as a peaceful state... No conspiracy can hinder our advancement, let�s work together, putting behind our all differences, to establish a secure Bangladesh as dreamt by the Father of the Nation,� she said in a televised address to the nation.
Hasina said at a time when Bangladesh is trying to establish itself in the world as a self-dignified and self-reliant country, a nexus of local and international conspirators are hatching a conspiracy to hinder this progress.
�Islam is the religion of peace. Stop killing people in the name of Islam; don�t blemish it with such incidents,� she said.
She said that the vested quarter wanted to establish Bangladesh a dysfunctional state keeping hostage innocent people. �They�ve taken a path of terrorism after having failed to win the hearts of people through the democratic process,� the Prime Minister said.
�The peace-loving people of Bangladesh won�t allow them to implement their strategy. We�ll resist their conspiracy at any cost taking the people of the country with us,� she said. � PTI