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Seven Italians among hostages in Dhaka cafe attack: Italian state TV

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi abruptly left a ceremony at the Colosseum in Rome on Friday evening to follow the hostage-taking incident, a source at his office said.

By: Reuters | Milan | Updated: July 2, 2016 7:03:03 am
Dhaka attack, Bangladesh, dhaka, Bangladesh attack, terror attack on Bangladesh, dhakak cafe attack, isis dhaka attack, isis bangladesh attack, gunfire at dhaka cafe, attack on diplomatic area of Dhaka, Italians, latest news, world news Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard near a restaurant that has reportedly been attacked by unidentified gunmen in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016. (AP Photo)

Seven Italian nationals are thought to be among the hostages taken by gunmen who stormed a cafe popular with foreigners in the capital of Bangladesh on Friday, Italian state television said quoting the Italian ambassador to Bangladesh.

Gunmen stormed a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Dhaka and took about 20 people hostage, including several foreigners, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

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State TV RAI quoted the Italian ambassador in Dhaka, Mario Palma, as saying the seven Italians were businessmen.

An Italian foreign ministry source said one Italian hostage had escaped. Italian media said the escaped man told police there were seven Italians still inside.

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