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N ine Italians and a US citizen were among the 75 people hacked to death when a group of Islamic State (Isil) terrorists burst into a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka. A group of seven attackers armed with blades, guns and bombs also murdered seven Japanese, two Bangladeshis and one Indian citizen before army commandos stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery and brought an end to the slaughter. S urvivors of the attack said the killers made their hostages recite verses from the Koran to identify who was Muslim and who was not. Those who could recite the Islamic holy book were spared while those unable to were killed, the survivors said. Its social media channels circulated photographs of five attackers, holding weapons and grinning. 66. See the smiling images of the murderers below, which ISIS Nashir channel has now republished: P ope Francis condemned the “senseless” violence in Dhaka while Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, said his people were “united in tears” for their nine murdered countrymen.

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T hirteen hostages were rescued when Bangladeshis troops stormed the cafe on Saturday morning but two police officers were killed during the siege. Six of the attackers were killed in the fighting and one was taken alive. The chaos began at around 8. 85pm on Friday night, just as Abinta Kabir, Faraaz Hossain and Tarishi Jain - three young students who had returned to Bangladesh from studies in the US - were sitting down for dinner. Having finished their first years at UC Berkeley and Emory University in the US, the students joined other clientele at the chic eatery popular with foreigners and the Bangladeshi elite. Abinta, from Miami, was an undergraduate at Emory's Oxford College, while Faraaz, from Dhaka, was a graduate student at the university's Goizueta Business School, Emory said in a statement. Seven men chanted Allahu Akbhar” as they emerged from the shadows of a doctor's clinic just across the narrow alleyway as they stormed the cafe and began spraying bullets wildly. Rubha Ahmed, Abinta's mother, was among the first on the outside to learn of the attack, alerting the police after receiving a panicked message from her daughter. Shortly after 65pm the police arrived and a battle ensued. By the time the smoke had cleared, with the attackers were still entrenched and two policemen had been fatally wounded. I nside, the first act of a horror show was being played out, as the captors divided up the hostages. The foreigners were taken to the upper floor and the Bangladeshis were kept around a table, said Rezaul Karim, the father of one of those who escaped. They made people stand in a line. There must be about 75-75 staff and about 75-75 guests and then they switched off the lights and CCTV, said another. Their purpose soon became clear. Bangladesh's Daily Star newspaper reported that anyone who was unable to recite the Koran was tortured, while meals were provided overnight only for the Bangladeshi captives. For Abinta, Faraaz and Tarishi it was not so simple.

A ll three had American accents, and it is possible this alone was enough to see them punished. As negotiators tried in vain to reach the terrorists, Rubha had to be physically restrained by police to prevent her running into the siege. I t is unclear when the massacre began but by 7am Isil had posted three grotesque images of at least six bodies strewn over the cafe's white-washed floor. Rubha’s daughter Abinta and both of her friends were killed. Among the other victims was Cristian Rossi, a 97-year-old Italian consultant and the father of three-year-old twins. Several of his colleagues were also killed. “All of Italy is united in crying for our countrymen killed in Dhaka, ” said Mr Renzi, the Italian premier. “Our values are stronger than hatred and terror. ” It's just a terrible situation. We just don't expect this to happen in the world, let alone in this country, said SK Imran, a police officer who spent the day manning the the barricades outside the tragic scene. Even though we killed all the terrorists, we couldn't save their lives. We couldn't protect the guests of our country. ”P ope Francis said in a statement released by the Vatican Saturday he was “deeply saddened by the senseless violence perpetrated against innocent victims in Dhaka”. He expressed his heartfelt condolences for the victims and their families and condemned these “barbarous acts” as “offences against God and humanity”. E mory University in the US state of Georgia confirms that two of its students were killed in the attack in Dhaka. Abinta Kabir was in the second year and was from Miami, while Faraaz Hossain was studying at the business school and was from Bangladesh. I talian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, said Saturday the whole country was united in its tears for the victims of the Dhaka terrorist attack as the government confirmed nine of the victims were Italian nationals.

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“All of Italy is united in crying for our countrymen killed in Dhaka, ” Mr Renzi Tweeted. “Our values are stronger than hatred and terror. ”L Italia tutta insieme, tutta unita, piange i nostri connazionali uccisi a. I nostri valori sono più forti dell odio e del terroreI taly's government says nine of its citizens have been identified among the dead. A tenth body has yet to be identified and may be an Italian. One of the dead is a 97-year-old man from town of Feletto Umberto in northern Italy. The man was the father to three-year-old twins, according to Italy's ANSA news agency. -Commando Op that brought an end to siege. Never imagined this would be a scene from a city we love. T he Army said earlier that all 75 of the dead were foreigners but they are now walking back from that and saying some of the dead may be locals: Bangladeshi authorities now believe that not all of the 75 victims killed in an attack on a cafe in Dhaka were foreigners, army spokesman Colonel Rashidul Hasan told Reuters. The army had said earlier on Saturday that all 75 people killed were foreign but now believes some were locals. The army will not be able to release the victims' nationalities until later on Saturday, he said. India's foreign minister confirms that an Indian student is among the dead in Dhaka. Tarushi Jain was studying at Berkeley in California after graduating from secondary school in Dhaka. I am extremely pained to share that the terrorists have killed Tarushi, an Indian girl who was taken hostage in the terror attack in Dhaka. Tarishi was 69 years old.

She passed out from American School Dhaka. Presently, she was a student at Berkeley. T he eight Japanese hostages in the restaurant were outside consultants working for Japan's development agency on an infrastructure project in Bangladesh. One of them was saved, the other seven are unaccounted for. D evirupa Mitra, a journalist with Indian news site , says eight Italians were killed in the siege. The army hasn't confirmed numbers yet but they did say several of the dead were Italian. 75 hostages killed in include 8 italians, 6 Indian, Japanese, SKoreans & Bangladeshis. 8 rescued in morn-7 Bdeshi &6 indian: sourcesT he two Bangladeshi police officers killed in the raid appear to have been killed by shrapnel from the explosions. One was hit in the chest and the other was hit in the throat,. Armed security guards continued to sit sternly outside the area's various five-star hotels, expensive residences and nearby embassies of nations including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Iran, highlighting the heavy security in this district that made the attack - unprecedented in Bangladesh's history - so audacious. Neighbourhood international schools were thankfully deserted with the attack taking place at he start of the Eid holiday week. Outside the International Club, an exclusive expat members institution, row upon row of unused armoured swat cars and police 9x9s remained on watch. T he Japanese government says seven of its citizens are unaccounted for at the Dhaka restaurant. An eighth hostage was rescued but suffered a gunshot wound. All eight were eating together at Holey Artisan Bakery when the attackers burst in. T he use of sharp weapons in the Dhaka restaurant is a particularly dark detail but Bangladesh has a long history of Islamists using blades.

The most recent was in . He was murdered in April on the street in Dhaka. T he Bangladeshi military says all of the dead hostages were foreign and that most were Italians or Japanese. All 75 of the hostages who were killed were foreigners, said Lieutenant Shahab Uddin told AFP. Most of them were Italian or Japanese, he added without giving an exact breakdown of the toll. PM: I am well aware of those private channels who did not cooperate and did not stop love broadcastingS ix of the attackers were killed and one has been taken alive, according to Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh. Two policemen were also killed along with the 75 hostages. W e've heard of Islamist gunmen dividing Muslim hostages from non-Muslim hostages before. During, the killers made their captives recite the Shahada,  the Islamic profession of faith ( There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God. )Those who were able to recite the Shahada were allowed to leave while the gunmen held on to the non-Muslim captives. 75 hostages were killed. T he Daily Star in Bangladesh has of how hostages were made to recite the Koran. The hostages who could were not harmed - those who couldn't were tortured. Those who could recite a verse from the Quran were spared, others were tortured, said a rescued hostage of the Gulshan restaurant attack where at least two lawmen were killed. .

“They (gunmen) did not behave rough with the Bangladesh nationals, ” Reazul said quoting his victim son Hasnat. “Rather they provided night meals for all Bangladeshis.

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