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Published on : Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Bangladesh’s capital city, reeled in shock when 6 attackers killed 20 innocent lives in a trendy restaurant in a diplomatic enclave of Dhaka. Twenty people inside the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe were killed, along with two police officers and six terrorists.
Foreign firms with their citizens working in Bangladesh’s garment and building industries have been advised to stay in their home after the attack. Many foreign companies with nationals working in the country have suspended travel to Bangladesh. There has been number of cancellations in the hospitality sector also. Although the hotels and the foreign embassies have tightened security procedures, the ghastly attack has left a deep scar in the minds of the Bangladeshis along with the whole world.
Condemning the Holey Artisan cafe attack, one of the worst terror attacks in Bangladesh, Annisul Haq, Mayor of the North Dhaka City Corporation stated that these attacks can impact negatively on the tourism sector as well as the other business sectors. Terror attacks, irrespective of the number of casualties leave a deep scar and with repeated terrorism acts, the travel industry as a whole might be affected. He added that Bangladesh needs to ensure the safety of foreign national and investors and that this is a wake-up call. The responsible authorities should work relentlessly to make sure that foreign people, tourists and the investors should feel secured.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also condemned the attack and the hostage crisis in the diplomatic area of Dhaka in which around 20 people including foreigners were killed. The 12-hour-long hostage crisis at the cafe popular with foreigners ended after a two hour long assault by armed forces’ commandos killing six gunmen. They managed to rescue 13 people. One assailant has been held by the security forces.
Hasina reassured her citizens that the government will everything to curb militancy and violent extremism in the country.
The Press Secretary of US released a statement condemning in the strongest terms the horrific terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh. United States stands with Bangladesh and the international community in their resolve to confront terrorism wherever it occurs. This despicable act of terrorism killed 20 people including an American citizen, Bangladeshi law enforcement personnel, and citizens of several other nations.
The Japanese owner of the Uniqlo casual-wear brand has declared to suspend all but critical travel to Bangladesh and requested its staffs to stay indoors. Bangladesh’s $26bn garment industry has been bracing itself for the fallout of Friday’s killings, fearing major retailers could rethink their sourcing plans after the latest attack targeting foreigners. The intensity of the threat and terror act was much fearful to the whole world and this will definitely call for companies altering their travel plans.
According to one diplomatic source, the US and British embassies in Bangladesh may reduce staff numbers.
A couple of five-star hotels in Dhaka, which cater primarily to business travellers, said that they had received cancellations after the terror attack.