Dhaka attack: US offers assistance

Dhaka attack: US offers assistance


The United States has offered their assistance in Bangladesh’s efforts to bring to justice those responsible for the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery in the capital’s diplomatic zone and to combat terrorism and violent extremism.“We’re in ongoing contact with the Government of Bangladesh as the situation continues to unfold,” said John Kirby, Spokesperson of the US Department of State in a statement on Friday.Kirby said they join with the people of Bangladesh in expressing their outrage at this brutal act of terrorism and offer their condolences to the friends and families of the victims, including Bangladeshi law enforcement officials who have been killed or injured responding to the attack.

“Our embassy in Dhaka has confirmed 100 percent accountability of all official American personnel with no injuries reported,” he said.The Spokesperson said they are working with the local authorities to determine if any U.S. citizens and locally–employed staff were affected.“On learning of the attack our embassy issued a shelter-in-place order. This order was issued out of caution, but at no time was the embassy compound itself under immediate threat from this attack,” he said.Kirby said they have seen ISIS claims of responsibility, but cannot yet confirm and they are assessing the information available to them.Six attackers were killed and 13 rescued after overnight joint operation at the restaurant that ended on Saturday morning.Earlier two senior police officials were killed by the gunmen.


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