ISIS terrorists stormed a cafe this morning and took over 30 hostages. The stand-off lasted over 12 hours and only just ended. The attack targeted tourists and foreigners working in the local garment industry.
Twenty people, most said to be foreigners, have been killed in an attack by suspected Islamist militants on a cafe in Bangladesh, the army says.
Gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka late on Friday before troops entered almost 12 hours later.
Six of the attackers were also killed and one was arrested, a government spokesman said. The attack was claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS).
Italy’s PM Matteo Renzi confirmed that Italians were among the dead.
Italian news agency Ansa said up to 10 Italians may be unaccounted for. The Italian press said many of those dining at the cafe worked in the garment industry.
Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said seven Japanese nationals were in the cafe but it was not clear if they were among the casualties.
The army had initially said all hostages killed were foreigners, but later reports said some Bangladeshis also died.
Tragic and disgusting. Bangladesh has been under constant attack by radical Islamists for months now. But this is the first time foreigners were directly targeted. It is time we stand up to this disgusting and cowardly behavior.
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