Mourners in Dhaka held a candlelit vigil Sunday night for the victims of the terrorist attack at a restaurant that left 22 people dead, marking the first of two days of national mourning in Bangladesh.
People held white candles in remembrance of those killed in the assault Friday night. A makeshift memorial of candles, flowers, and notes had been set up near the site of the carnage, the Holey Artisan Bakery, an eatery popular among expatriates in the city.
“I request everyone to unite against these handful criminals,” said Shiekh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, in a televised address Sunday.
Seven assailants, armed with bags full of weapons, stormed the restaurant Friday night and stayed there for nearly 11 hours before police raided the building. By the end of the siege, 20 hostages were dead: nine Italians, seven Japanese, two Bangladeshi, and a citizen each from India and the United States. Most had been killed with sharp weapons, including machetes. Two police officers who arrived after gunshots were heard also died. All but one of the attackers were killed by police; the remaining attacker was captured alive. The Islamic State said it was responsibility for the rampage, but Bangladeshi officials have denied the claim.