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Bangladesh In Mourning After Deadly Dhaka Attack

Anokhi DIY Anokhi Today Breaking News & Sports World Jul 03, 2016

Bangladesh is in mourning after 20 hostages were killed at an upscale restaurant packed with foreigners.

This is said to be the deadliest and boldest act of terror in Bangladesh. The attack has left 28 people dead, including six attackers and 20 of the hostages.

It was a 12-hour hostage siege, and the victims included nine Italian, seven Japanese, one Indian, two Bangladeshi, and one U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin. Three of the victims were also students at U.S. colleges.

The six attackers were all Bangladeshi, according to media reports, and five of them were militants that police had tried to arrest previously.

"They are all Bangladeshis. They are from rich families, they have good educational background," a police official said of the attackers.

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According to survivors of the ordeal, the attackers asked hostages to recite verses from the Quran and proceeded to brutally torture and kill those who were unable to do so. 

Despite the police saying ISIS links are being investigated, Bangladeshi government disputes ISIS claim of responsibility. Similar attacks of violence in the past have been viewed as attempts to get global attention.

Most of the attacks in the past several months have involved singling out foreigners, individual activists and religious minorities.

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is blaming the country's political opponents for creating chaos by backing up domestic militants.

"Anyone who believes in religion cannot do such an act," Hasina said. "They do not have any religion, their only religion is terrorism."

Hasina is determinated to eradicate terrorism out of the country.

"I want to ask those who are aiding terror, what do you get by taking innocent lives? Islam is a religion of peace, you are maligning its name," she said.

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