Twelve days into the attack on the vehicle of US Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, the government yesterday condemned the incident and promised to take appropriate actions on completion of investigation.
“The Government of Bangladesh strongly condemns the unfortunate incident. It is also committed to ensuring safety and security of all Diplomatic Corps in Bangladesh,” read a diplomatic note.
Bangladeshi law enforcement agencies have actively been engaged in probing the incident on August 4, it said.
According to a foreign ministry press release, an official US embassy vehicle carrying the ambassador “encountered an unfortunate incident” in Dhaka's Mohammadpur area.
Immediately, the police rushed to the spot and provided necessary protection ensuring that the ambassador and her team members remain unharmed. Subsequently, the US embassy expressed appreciation for the role played by the law enforcers in ensuring the ambassador's safety and security, the release said.
On August 5, the embassy in a press statement said “An official vehicle from the US Embassy in Dhaka, which was transporting the Ambassador, was attacked by a group of armed adult men, some on motorcycles, in the Mohammadpur area of Dhaka on Saturday, August 4.
“The ambassador and her security team departed the area unharmed. There were no injuries to the Ambassador, her drivers, or security staff; however, two security vehicles sustained some damage. We express our appreciation to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police and security officials for their quick and professional response following the incident.”