Like everybody else in Bangladesh I am much saddened and shocked at the atrocity that took place in a restaurant in the country’s capital (“Japanese feared dead in Dhaka” in the July 3 edition).

This act of terror was a cowardly act by those who mercilessly killed innocent lives. I have no words to express my sorrow because I know words alone will not comfort the grieving families who lost their loved ones.

Seven Japanese nationals engaged in development projects lost their lives in this heinous act. On behalf of the people of Bangladesh, I am sorry, we all are sorry. We are very much ashamed. Japan has always been a very good friend of Bangladesh and we never expected that something of this magnitude would ever occur.

An apology is not enough. We must stand firm and find out the real truths of this incident because we do have to know what was the motive of this action. I hope a proper investigation will be carried out to find out the truth. I am again sorry and I am ashamed.

Minhaj Ahmed

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