No doubt you are aware of the terrorist attack on a restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh. Fox News reports:
Up to nine attackers shouting “Allahu Akbar” stormed a popular restaurant in Dacca, Bangladesh Friday, taking hostages and setting off bombs in a siege claimed by ISIS.
No word yet on any possible religious affiliation of the terrorists.
Bangladesh TV stations reported that the attackers entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area around 9:20 p.m. Friday and were holding customers and staff hostage.
The Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency said the attack on the restaurant was carried out by “Islamic State commandos,” according to the SITE Intelligence Group which monitors jihadist activity.
The attackers’ motivation remains a mystery. We may never know why they did it.
[H]ospital authorities said another 25 officers and one civilian were being treated for injuries, including 10 people listed in critical condition, the Associated Press reported. The injuries include bullet wounds and broken bones, the hospital officials said.
Obviously, Bangladesh needs stricter gun control laws.
Actually, the country’s gun laws are plenty strict already, but it doesn’t seem to help:
The rigors of the Arms Act, 1878 and the concerned rules continue to make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to possess firearms for self-defence, whereas terrorists, dacoits, robbers, criminal gangs and other anti-social or anti-national elements are not only using civilian weapons but also possess bombs, hand grenades, sten guns and commit heinous crimes against the society and the state.
Who could have predicted that?
Jamuna Television reported, quoting a kitchen staff worker at the restaurant who escaped the attack, said that the gunmen chanted “Allahu Akbar” as they launched the attack.
I don’t know…it seems like there might be a clue lurking there somewhere, but it’s hard to say what it means. It’s complicated…