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Bangladesh mourns Dhaka restaurant attack victims

Bangladesh has begun two days of mourning for 20 people, mostly foreigners, who were killed when militants attacked a popular restaurant in the capital Dhaka.

During the attack, which has been claimed by the so-called Islamic State militant group, seven gunmen took a number of hostages, and reportedly tortured and killed those who could not recite verses from the Qu'ran.

Thirteen hostages were saved after police launched a rescue operation.

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Bangladesh: Islamic State had no role in cafe attack

Police patrol near the Holey Artisan Bakery. Credit: Reuters

Bangladesh's home minister has denied that so-called Islamic State had any role in the deadly cafe attack.

Asaduzzaman Khan also dismissed the involvement of al Qaeda, saying that the gunmen were home-grown militants.

Mr Khan added that the gunmen in the attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery had made no demands when police had asked their intentions.

Three of the six gunmen killed were under the age of 22, he said, and added that they had been missing for six months.

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