The Isis fighters who massacred at least 22 people at a café in Bangladesh ordered hostages to recite verses from the Quran and “tortured” anyone who could not, it has emerged.
The father of one of the survivors said his son was held hostage for 12 hours after being separated from the foreign victims.
Rezaul Karim told Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper: “The gunmen were doing a background check on religion by asking everyone to recite from the Quran.
“Those who could recite a verse or two were spared. The others were tortured.”
An Isis-affiliated propaganda agency released photos from inside the restaurant during the raid, appearing to showing the bodies of women and men on the floor in pools of blood by overturned tables and chairs.