Bangladesh mourns Dhaka siege victims
Dhaka: Twenty people, most of them foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a cafe in Bangladesh claimed by so-called Islamic State. Gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka late last Friday before troops entered almost 12 hours later.
Six attackers were also killed and one was arrested, officials said. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has declared two days of national mourning.
Nine Italians, seven Japanese, one US citizen and an Indian also died. Bangladesh Army Brigadier-General Naim Asraf Chowdhury said the victims had been “brutally” attacked with sharp weapons.
Italy’s Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said one other Italian was still unaccounted for. Many of the Italians reportedly worked in the garment industry.
Japan said one of its nationals was among 13 people rescued. The seven that died were consultants for Japan’s foreign aid agency and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said they “were giving their all for the development of Bangladesh”. Two Sri Lankans were among those rescued. BBC
Two days of national mourning have been declared for Bangladesh following the Dhaka siege.