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The Dhaka attack is part of an al-Qaida-Islamic State power struggle

The terrorist attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1 in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka appears to be a savage attempt by Islamic State or its supporters to gain leadership of the militant Islamist movement in Bangladesh.

The foreign hostages who were killed were first separated from Bangladeshis in the cafe and then shot and hacked to death, with images of their mutilated bodies posted on the internet by the terrorists. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but so has a local al-Qaida affiliate.

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