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Bangladesh to bear cost of cafe attack victims’ treatment

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Dhaka, July 5 (IANS) The Bangladesh government will bear the cost of the treatment of at least 40 persons who were injured in the terrorist attack at a Dhaka cafe.

"The government would bear the expenses of the treatment of the injured persons. They need not spend a single penny for that purpose," Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said on Monday.

The Awami League Party leader made the statement when he visited the injured people at United Hospital, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

Lauding Bangladesh Army’s efforts in tackling the more than 12-hour-long siege, Nasim said the militants were defeated by the law enforcement agencies because of the right action and right decision at the right time.

"They are brave officers. The militants could flee the spot had they (law enforcers) not taken right step at the right time. They cordoned off the entire scene within half an hour," he said.

At least seven gunmen — claimed to be from Islamic State militant group — on July 1 stormed a Spanish cafe here and killed 20 hostages, mostly foreigners who included an Indian girl.

In the Holey Artisan Bakery in diplomatic zone of Dhaka, the terrorists took around 40 hostages, bdnews24.com reported.

The Bangladesh Army in "Operation Thunderbolt" killed six terrorists and captured a seventh attacker alive. In a 50-minute long operation, the army rescued 13 hostages.

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