PM condemns devastating mass shootings in US

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock at the two devastating incidents of mass shootings within a span of 13 hours this weekend in the States of Texas and Ohio in the United States that killed 29 people and left dozens injured.

“I’m utterly shocked,” she said in a message to US President Donald Trump adding that “at this difficult time, let’s redouble our efforts against hate and dogma and recommit ourselves to working together to eliminate the menace of terrorism and violent extremism from our planet and make it a safer place for our coming generations.”

On behalf of the government and the people of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Hasina strongly condemned these “mindless acts of terror and violence.”

She conveyed their deep condolence and sympathy to President Trump and through him to the friendly people of the United States, according to Prime Minister’s Office.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all and particularly with the bereaved families. We stand by your side at this tragic and trying hour; and offer our all-out support to address any kind of terrorism and violent extremism in our two countries and beyond,” said the Prime Minister.

She said terrorists have no colour, race or religion. “Their only identity is – they are terrorists.”

Hasina said her government has a declared and practiced policy of “zero tolerance against terrorism”.

“My beloved father, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and most of the members of my family were victims of the gravest terrorist attack in the history of Bangladesh on 15 August 1975. I myself survived several acts of terror in my life,” she recalled.

“We pray for the salvation of the departed souls. May the souls rest in eternal peace,” the message reads.