They believe this battle against militancy galvanized, united Bangladeshi citizes in a shared revulsion towards terrorism
The family of Faraaz Hossain, who was killed by militants during the Holey Artisan terrorist attack, has expressed gratitude to Bangladesh government for adopting a zero tolerance approach towards terrorism.
In a statement issued by Faraaz's brother Zaraif Hossain on Wednesday, he lauded the Bangladeshi government for being able to battle the menace of terrorism successfully.
"We, Faraaz’s family, express our deepest gratitude to the government of Bangladesh for the zero tolerance approach in combating the scourge of terrorism, with great success," Zaraif said in the statement.
"This in turn has galvanized and has united the people of Bangladesh in a shared revulsion to terrorism. has galvanized and has united the people of Bangladesh in a shared revulsion to terrorism," the statement opined, adding that they believe the fight against terrorism will continue.
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In the statement, Zaraif said: "Today [Wednesday], we are reminded of the terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1, 2016, the night we lost our dear Faraaz. We are immensely proud of Faraaz for having shown exceptional bravery, strength of character and outstanding values by refusing to abandon his two friends."
Faraaz refused to leave from the café and therefore sacrificed his own life to protect his friends, although he was told by the terrorists that he could leave as he was a Bangladeshi Muslim.
According to the statement, Zaraif emphasized: "What Faraaz did that night truly exemplifies what Bangladesh stands for."
Zaraif and his family also expressed their deep sorrow for the innocent lives of the citizens from Italy, Japan, USA, India and Bangladesh that were lost during the mindless brutality of the Holey Artisan attack.
A total of 23 people - including 17 foreign nationals were killed after five gunmen raided the Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen restaurant at Gulshan on July 1, 2016, in the worst terror attack in Bangladesh’s history.
Faraaz Hossain, a student at Emory University's Goizueta Business School in the USA, was slain by the terrosts when he refused to leave his friends behind.
His friends were Abinta Kabir, a Bangladesh-born US citizen and a student at Emory University; and Tarishi Jain, an Indian student at the University of California, Berkeley.
The attackers were killed in a commando operation the next morning after a 12-hour standoff.
Later, the attackers, the mastermind behind the attack and others involved in it were identified as leaders and members of New JMB, a splinter faction of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
After years of trial, a Dhaka court on Wednesday Holey Artisan terrorist attack and acquitted one in the case filed over the terror attack.