United States condemns shooting of former foreign secretary Reaz Rahman
Nirapad News : The United States expressed deep shock over the attack on former foreign secretary Reaz Rahman and has urged Bangladesh government to investigate, track down, and hold accountable those responsible for the act.
“There is no justification for such outrageous and cowardly acts in a democratic Bangladesh; we condemn the use of violence for political objectives,” Deputy Spokesperson of the US Department of State Marie Harf said in a press statement.
She said, “We urge all sides to refrain from acts of violence. We call on all parties to exercise restraint and eschew violence and intimidation, and we urge the government to ensure people can freely exercise their right to peaceful political expression.”
The statement was issued hours after unidentified people shot Rahman and then torched his car in at the capital’s Gulshan-2 around 8:40pm yesterday.
Two bullets hit the 74-year-old in the left leg and two below his waist, said Fowaz Shuvo, a doctor at United Hospital where he was being treated.
“The bullets did not cause major injuries to his internal organs. We could not remove the bullets yet, but we can say he is out of danger,” he told The Daily Star yesterday after examining the X-ray report.
In protest, the BNP has called a 24-hour nationwide hartal for tomorrow.