Diplomats pay tributes to victims

Diplomatic Correspondent

2 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Diplomats pay tributes to victims

Ambassadors of different countries to Bangladesh pay tributes to the lives lost in the militant attack on Holey Artisan Bakery by placing floral garlands at a memorial close to the upscale restaurant in the capital’s Gulshan area on Thursday. —SUN photo

A group of foreign diplomats in Dhaka placed wreaths in the city’s posh Gulshan neighbourhood on Thursday in commemoration of those who were killed in a horrific attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery, an upmarket restaurant, five years ago.

US Ambassador Miller joined with Ambassador of Japan in Bangladesh Naoki Ito, Ambassador of Italy in Dhaka Enrico Nunziata and High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh Vikram K. Doraiswami in remembering and honoring those who fell victim to the terrorist attack.

“We remember Abinta Kabir, a US-Bangladeshi dual citizen and student at Emory University, as well as her Emory classmate Faraaz Hossain, who even when given the chance to save himself chose to remain with his friends,” said the US Ambassador.

“We also remember Tarishi Jain, a sophomore at Berkeley and graduate of the American International School in Dhaka who had returned for a summer internship in Dhaka.”

With deepest gratitude, the four envoys honored the courage of the two police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and the 25 officers wounded. 

“On this solemn occasion, we reaffirm our commitment in our united effort to combat terrorism. May all those lost rest in peace,” said the envoys.

Japanese Ambassador in his verified Facebook post wrote “We shall never forget the terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery on 1/07/2016. I joined Ambassadors of Italy, USA and India to lay wreaths for the commemoration of the victims. Those 7 Japanese were engaged with the preparation of JICA’s Dhaka Metro Line 1, and its construction work will start next year.”