Bangladesh declares two-day mouring for Dhaka cafe attack
Junly 3, Dhaka: Bangladesh has declared two days of national mourning for those killed when Islamic militants stormed a cafe in the capital city Dhaka.
Twenty hostages, most of them foreign, were killed in the attack. Two police officers also died and 30 others were injured, reports said.
Bangladeshi commandos rescued 13 people after a 12-hour siege, killing six gunmen and arresting another. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, one US citizen and an Indian were among the dead. One Italian is unaccounted for.
Meanwhile, fresh accounts from survivors have emerged.
Argentine chef Diego Rossini told how the gunmen burst into the Holey Artisan Bakery on Friday evening with bombs and machine guns, BBC reported.
He said he escaped by running to the cafe terrace and jumping on to another building.
Nine Italians named by the Italian foreign ministry as: Cristian Rossi; Marco Tondat; Nadia Benedetti; Adele Puglisi; Simona Monti; Claudia Maria D'Antona; Vincenzo D'Allestro; Maria Rivoli and Claudio Cappelli
Seven Japanese. Five men and two women, four of whose names have been released by Japanese officials: Koyo Ogasawara, Makoto Okamura, Yuko Sakai and Rui Shimodaira
Two Bangladeshis named in national media as Faraaz Ayaaz Hossai, a student at Emory University in the US, and Ishrat Akhond
US citizen Abinta Kabir, also a student at Emory University
One Indian Tarushi Jain, 18, who was a student at the University of California, Berkeley
The Oslo Times International News Network