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Grief Pours Out After Dhaka Attack

BenarNews Staff
Dhaka
2016-07-04
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Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET on 2016-07-06

Funerals for victims of the July 1 and 2 terror attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka began Monday after Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led a memorial service and released the bodies of the dead to families in Bangladesh and three other countries.

The death toll included 20 hostages hacked to death inside the cafe and two senior police officers who rushed to the scene after armed men stormed into the restaurant on Friday evening, July 1.

Six of the seven alleged assailants were killed when Bangladeshi army commanders stormed the restaurant about 10 hours later, rescuing 13 people still trapped inside.

The attackers reportedly separated Muslims from non-Muslims before slaughtering the latter, according to survivor accounts.

The dead hostages included nine Italians, seven Japanese, an Indian national, a U.S. citizen and two Bangladeshis, according to Inter-Service Public Relations, the publicity wing of the Bangladesh Armed Forces.

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