Hasina condemns bomb blasts

Special Correspondent

23 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly condemned Sunday’s barbaric bomb attacks in Sri Lanka.

At least 290 people, including 35 foreigners, were killed and about 500 wounded in a series of blasts at churches and luxury hotels in the island country.

In a message of condolence, Sheikh Hasina, who is now in Brunei Darussalam on a three-day official visit, expressed deep shock at the huge loss of lives in the bomb blasts.

The premier prayed for the eternal peace of the departed souls and wished early recovery of those injured in the blasts.

Sheikh Hasina also condemned the terrorist attack at a reception accorded to her by the Bangladesh community in Brunei Darussalam.

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

The reception programme was held at Indera Samudera Ballroom of the Empire Hotel and County Club.

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

She said another regretful news is that Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s daughter’s family became the victim of the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.

Sheikh Hasina mentioned that such terrorist acts happened in New Zealand few weeks ago.

She said her government has not only declared zero tolerance to terrorism and militancy, but also has kept intelligence agencies alert.

“We’re taking prompt action against the terrorists,” she said.

She reiterated that there will be no room for militants, terrorists, corrupt people and drug addicts on the soil of the country. “We’re taking measures to improve the living standard of the people,” she added.

Referring to the arson attacks carried out by BNP-Jamaat nexus in 2013, 2014 and 2015, she said many people were burnt to death and injured due to the heinous acts of BNP-Jamaat men.

“We now see its impact on the society as some people are now engaged in such cruel acts,” the premier said.