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Bakery siege targets foreigners

DHAKA Islamist extremists killed 20 civilians at a popular restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital, including nine Italians and seven Japanese, as well as two policemen, in a one of the most violent terrorist attacks seen in recent years.

The 12-hour siege ended after security forces stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, an upscale restaurant in the "high-security" diplomatic enclave of Gulshan, on the evening of July 1. The standoff, which lasted through the night, ended with five to six of the attackers killed and one captured. Most of the militants were in their 20s and came from wealthy households.

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