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Dhaka killings: Bangladesh mourns

Monday, July 04, 2016 - 00:50

Families of those killed in the Dhaka restaurant attack lay wreaths at a memorial event in the city.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Families of victims killed at a restaurant in Dhaka were joined by diplomats, politicians and residents of the capital on Monday (July 4) for a memorial ceremony held at an army stadium. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was present during the proceedings, leading the offerings of wreaths and bouquets to pay homage to the 20 hostages killed in a militant attack which began on Friday (July 1). Gunmen stormed an upmarket restaurant in the diplomatic zone late and killed their mostly non-Muslim hostages, including nine Italians, seven Japanese and a citizen each from the United States and India. Three of the six gunmen killed were under 22 years of age and had been missing for six months, authorities have said. Police and government officials said the attackers were from well-off Bangladeshi families, a rarity and an indication that religious radicalisation was widening its scope. Claiming responsibility, Islamic State warned citizens of "crusader countries" - that is, traditionally Christian western states - in a statement that they would not be safe "as long as their aircraft are killing Muslims." The Bangladeshi government has denied the involvement of any foreign organisations in the attack and said all gunmen were "home grown" Bangladeshis.

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Dhaka killings: Bangladesh mourns

Monday, July 04, 2016 - 00:50