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    Diplomatic Sources in Rome Confirm Possible Italian Victims at Dhaka Attack

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    Italian nationals, who had been taken hostage in a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, were probably killed by terrorists, the Italian Rai News television broadcaster said Saturday citing Italian Foreign Ministry sources.

    ROME (Sputnik) — On Friday, Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for taking hostages inside a cafe located in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter.

    The attackers killed 20 people with sharp objects, Bangladeshi army spokesman Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury said, as quoted by the Dhaka Tribune newspaper.

    A special police operation to free the hostages has finished, according to local media reports. A total of 13 people have been rescued, while six attackers were killed and one captured, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, as quoted by the Dhaka Tribune newspaper. The Bangladeshi police lost two officers during the operation, according to reports.


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