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    People help an unidentified injured person after a group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016.

    Pope Francis Denounces Bangladesh Terrorist Attack as 'Barbaric Act'

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    Pope Francis denounced the Friday terrorist attack committed in the capital of Bangladesh and expressed his deep condolences for the death of many innocent people, in a letter sent to the Archdiocese of Dhaka on Saturday.

    VATICAN (Sputnik) — The letter was sent by Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin in the name of Pope Francis who deemed the Dhaka terrorist attack "mad violence against innocent victims."

    "With all my heart I express my condolences and denounce these barbaric acts as an insult to God and humanity," the letter read.

    On Friday, Daesh, banned in Russia, claimed responsibility for taking hostages inside a cafe located in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter. According to the latest data, the attack has left 20 people dead, while 13 hostages have been rescued by the country's security forces. Most of the victims are foreigners, according to reports.

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