I have been trying to think of what to write but I have been at a loss for words. It was a terrible, heinous attack. These killers were not Muslims. Terrorists have no religion.
My deepest condolences to the families of the victims. Especially the brave police officers who sacrificed their lives trying to stop the terrorists.
One of the hallmarks of our culture is hospitality to our foreign guests. These terrorists want to stop that. We cannot allow them to succeed. Bangladesh must always remain welcoming to all people and religion.
It is also disturbing that some people are yet again blaming our Awami League Government for not doing enough. We have arrested the killers of almost all the attacks on bloggers and foreigners in the past three years. In the past seven years our government has made almost monthly seizures of weapons and explosives. Each of those seizures was an attack just like this one. Except that thanks to our Government it did not happen.
No one can perform 100% all the time. This was the one time we could not catch it. Such attacks have happened in the wealthiest countries of the world with far more resources than us.
The reality is that these terrorists were educated, middle class individuals. There are many more like them. They could be your neighbors, relatives, sons. Each one of us has the responsibility to be vigilant to keep our country safe.
More than anything we need to reverse the brainwashing of our youth with lies about religion. We need to stand united in doing this.
Image: Taken from the killing spot after ThunderVolt Ops.