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Nine Italians and seven Japanese killed in Islamic attack on popular Dhaka restaurant

Published 02/07/2016 | 07:03

A security personnel reacts near the Holey Artisan restaurant after gunmen attacked the upscale cafe, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. REUTERS/Mohammd Ponir Hossain
A security personnel reacts near the Holey Artisan restaurant after gunmen attacked the upscale cafe, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. REUTERS/Mohammd Ponir Hossain
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. (AP Photo)
Hosne Ara Karim, whose son and daughter-in-law were rescued from the restaurant that was attacked by heavily armed militants, wait for them in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (AP Photo)

The bodies of nine Italians have been identified after an attack on a restaurant in Bangladesh, the Italian foreign minister said.

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Paolo Gentiloni told reporters that there was another, unidentified body in the military morgue of Bangladesh but the nationality has not yet been determined.

Italian news reports had said around 10 Italians were inside the restaurant in Dhaka when it was attacked by militants on Friday night.

One of the victims of the attack had earlier been identified by Italian media as a 47-year-old manager from north-eastern Italy.

Bangladeshi security forces block the road after militants took hostages at a restaurant popular with foreigners in Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP Photo)
Bangladeshi security forces block the road after militants took hostages at a restaurant popular with foreigners in Dhaka, Bangladesh (AP Photo)

Italian agency Ansa said the man, who was married and the father of three-year-old twin girls, was in Bangladesh for work.

Ansa said word spread in the town of Feletto Umberto, near Udine, on Saturday that the man was among the 20 who died in the attack by extremists.

Security personnel are seen near the Holey Artisan restaurant hostage site, in Dhaka, Bangladesh REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain
Security personnel are seen near the Holey Artisan restaurant hostage site, in Dhaka, Bangladesh REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

Seven Japanese are also among the dead in the Bangladesh siege, five men and two women, a Japanese official said.

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