New Details Emerge In Bangladesh Terror Attack
The Associated Press is reporting that 28 people are dead, including 6 militants in the terror attack on Friday at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Those inside the bakery were reportedly asked whether they could recite verses from the Qur'an. If they could not, they were brutally murdered. If they could, they were spared and even given a meal.
There was reportedly a 10 hour standoff in the bakery, which ended when Bangladeshi security forces stormed the building. Two large explosions later rocked the building. Of the dozens of hostages initially taken, 13 were rescued, according to the AP.
ISIS has reportedly claimed responsibility for this latest attack. However neither the U.S. State Department nor Bangladeshi officials could immediately confirm that claim.
The Associated Press released a list of countries where the victims were from including: Japan, the United States, India, South Korea, Bangladesh and Italy.
This recent attack marks an escalation in Islamic terror against civilians in the area. “Most attacks have been by machete-wielding men singling out individual activists, foreigners and religious minorities,” according to the AP.
Josh Ernest, the White House Press Secretary released a statement via twitter denouncing the attack. “The United States condemns in the strongest terms the horrific terror attack…We remain in contact with Bangladeshi authorities and have offered any assistance necessary,” he said.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the families and loved ones of those killed, and we hope for a speedy recovery for those wounded,” Ernest said. “This is a despicable act of terrorism, and the United States stands with Bangladesh and the international community in our resolve to confront terrorism wherever it occurs.”
This is yet another act of terror committed during the month of Ramadan. Officials are warning those in the international community to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity. Those in the United Sates are urged to be aware of their surroundings, especially as we enter the Independence Day holiday weekend.