“It was with sorrow that I received the news of the terrorist attack that took place in a cafe in Dhaka yesterday (Friday). Although I was greatly relieved to hear, a short while ago, that a number of hostages have been rescued due to the successful efforts of your Government’s security forces. I am deeply saddened at the loss of life and injuries caused to innocent civilians in this dastardly attack,” Mukherjee said in a message to his Bangladeshi counterpart Abdul Hamid.
“India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. We believe that there can be no justification for such senseless acts of violence,” he added.
Mukherjee stressed that the people of India stand by the people of Bangladesh at this difficult hour and share their grief.
“We pray for the victims and their families and for the full and speedy recovery of those who have been injured,” he said.
An Indian girl, Tarushi Jain, was among the 20 hostages killed by Islamic State terrorists in the siege on a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital.