IS link not confirmed in Dhaka seige: US

IS link not confirmed in Dhaka seige: US

Washington/ Dhaka, July 2 (IANS) The US State Department has said it “cannot yet confirm” if the Islamic State militant group was involved with the hostage crisis at a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka though the group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

“It is too early for us to say who’s involved, motivation — any of that stuff. It’s all still unfolding right now,” US Department of State Spokesperson John Kirby told media personnel on Friday.

Kirby said more information could be provided as the situation unfolds.

“We join with the people of Bangladesh in expressing our outrage at this brutal act of terrorism and offer our condolences to the friends and families of the victims, including Bangladeshi officials killed or injured in the attack,” he said.

The US embassy in Dhaka has accounted for 100 percent of American citizens working under the chief of mission’s authority.

Dhaka attack: Vigil intensified across Indo-Bangladesh border

Kolkata, July 2 (IANS) In the wake of the deadly terror attack in Dhaka, the Border Security Force (BSF) has intensified vigil across the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal, an officer said on Saturday.

“The vigil across the frontier has been intensified. An alert has been sounded and we are doing the needful,” said a BSF officer.

In coordination with the police, the BSF troopers are also conducting search operations in villages near the Bangladesh border.

Security has also been beefed up in the state’s major installations including the airports and railway stations.

Bangladeshi security forces on Saturday morning rescued some 13 hostages and gunned down six gunmen, ending a long drawn-out siege at a cafe in Dhaka that began on Friday, officials said. Twenty hostages were also killed in the terror attack.

Bangladeshis living in the city as well as eminent personalities in the state have condemned the attack.

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