US concerned by recent attacks on BD minorities

20 May,2016


Dhaka, BdChronicle:

The United States has voiced deep concern over the recent attacks on minorities in Bangladesh saying they are 'very troubled' by such violence.

"We're deeply concerned by this violence. We're very troubled by this," said John Kirby, spokesperson of the US Department of State, at a press briefing in Washington, DC on Thursday.

Kirby made the remark when a questioner wanted to know what sort of help Bangladesh is seeking, or what is going on between the US and Bangladesh in stopping all these attacks against the minorities, including Hindus, Christians, LGBTs, and others.

He said the attacks appear to be carried out by a 'small group of terrorists' who seek to stifle independent thought and attack violently anyone who disagrees with them and their thoughts.

"We're confident that these attacks do not represent the views of (majority Bangladeshi people) and are rejected as abhorrent by the overwhelming majority of people in Bangladesh," said the spokesperson.

He said Bangladesh has a proud tradition of being a pluralistic society that values diversity, welcomes the free exchange of ideas, and these are the values that these violent extremists are ultimately attacking.

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