Bangladesh mourns Dhaka siege vic­tims

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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.

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