UN chief calls for ‘maximum restraint’ as Indian security forces kill civilian 30 protesters in Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS, July 2 (APP): Top United Nations officials have condemned the terrorist attack in a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka that reportedly killed 20 hostages over the weekend.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “hopes that those behind this crime will be identified and brought to justice,” his spokesperson said in a statement, adding that Ban “stands firmly by Bangladesh as it confronts this threat and stresses the need to intensify regional and international efforts to prevent and combat terrorism.”

The Secretary General also assured the Government that the UN is prepared to assist in efforts to prevent violent extremism in all its forms, the spokesperson said.

A condemnation also came from the UN tourism agency.

“UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) strongly condemns the hideous attack perpetrated yesterday in a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh,” Taleb Rifai, the agency’s Secretary-General, said in a statement.

“This is not an attack on Bangladesh but is once again an attack on our way of life, an attack on freedom,” he added.

Both Ban and Rifai conveyed their heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims.