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    Security personnel are seen near the Holey Artisan restaurant hostage site, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2, 2016.

    Italian FM Confirms Deaths of 9 Countrymen in Dhaka Terrorist Attack

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    Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni confirmed Saturday that nine Italian nationals had been killed in a hostage-taking incident inside a popular Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka.

    ROME (Sputnik) — Gentiloni told reporters that no data had been received yet over the tenth Italian, who had been in the restaurant during the attack.

    On Friday, Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for taking hostages inside a cafe located in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter. Some media outlets quoted the Bangladeshi army as saying that almost all of those killed were foreigners, mostly Italian and Japanese citizens.

    Earlier, the Bangladeshi army said that at least 20 people had been killed by the hostage takers before the Bangladeshi security forces began their operation to free hostages.

    A special police operation to free the hostages has ended, with a total of 13 people rescued, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said earlier. Security forces killed six attackers and captured one, with two security officers killed during the operation, according to reports.

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