Excerpted by Nicholas Stix
There is no clear word as to how many hostages were raped, maimed, or murdered, and there may never be. However, as the citizen of a Fourth World nation, I have become accustomed to such a lack of reliable information about urgent matters.
An English CNN operative on the video at the linked page, reporting from Hong Kong, quoted (female) Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as saying, “We were able to save 13 people, we weren’t able to save a few.”
Dhaka cafe standoff: At least 13 hostages rescued as siege ends
By Farid Ahmed
Catherine E. Shoichet and Steve Almasy
Updated 2:48 A.M. ET, Sat July 2, 2016
Wave of killings
The attack came on the same day a Hindu priest was hacked to death at his temple in Bangladesh's southwestern district of Jhenaidah, police said.
That incident was the latest in a wave of killings across Bangladesh of secular bloggers, academics and religious minorities such as Hindus, Christians, Buddhists and Sufi Muslims -- despite a nationwide government crackdown and the arrest of more than 14,000 people.
The government launched an anti-militant drive across the Muslim-majority nation last month to stamp out the murders, but many of those detained are believed to be ordinary criminals and not Islamic extremists.
[In Islam, this is a specious distinction. Mohammed was himself a criminal brigand, as well as a psychopathic mass murderer.]
Home to almost 150 million Muslims, the country until recently had avoided the kind of radicalism plaguing others parts of the world. But that's changing as the attacks seem designed to silence those to [sic] dare to criticize Islam.
[Read the whole thing at CNN.]