PM Hasina de­crees mourn­ing af­ter cafe at­tack

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Bangladesh has be­gun ob­serv­ing two days of na­tional mourn­ing af­ter 20 hostages were slaugh­tered at a res­tau­rant packed with for­eign­ers in a ma­jor es­ca­la­tion of a cam­paign of at­tacks by armed groups.

Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina de­creed the mourn­ing period, which be­gan on Sun­day, as she vowed to drag Bangladesh back from the brink, warn­ing of a con­certed bid to turn one of the world’s most pop­u­lous na­tions into a failed state.

Amid mass con­dem­na­tion of the Dhaka killings, vic­tims of which in­cluded 18 for­eign­ers, the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant group (ISIL, also known as ISIS) said it had tar­geted a gath­er­ing of “citizens of cru­sader states” on Fri­day night at a Western-style cafe.

As well as the 20 hostages whose bod­ies were found amid pools of blood af­ter com­man­dos stormed the cafe to end the siege, two po­lice­men were killed in the deadly at­tack in a high se­cu­rity area.

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