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Bangladesh's home minister has rejected so-called 'Islamic State' (IS) claims of responsibility for the attack on a Dhakar cafe which killed 20 people. He said that the killers had made no demands.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said three of the six gunmen killed were under 22 years of age and had been missing for six months. He added that it was not clear if one suspect who was hospitalized with serious injuries had been involved in the attack.
The government has insisted the attacks were carried out by Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, a domestic terror group. But IS has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks inside the country, including the latest one.

Seven gunmen stormed the upmarket restaurant in the diplomatic zone late on Friday and killed their mostly non-Muslim hostages, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one US and one Indian national.
A standoff of nearly 12 hours with security forces ended when up to 100 commandos stormed the building, killing six of the militants and capturing a seventh after attempts at negotiations failed. They recovered explosives and sharp weapons from the scene.

For the past 18 months Bangladesh has been beset by a series of brutal attacks by machete wielding terorrists, against individuals of varying backgrounds, including secularists, Buddhists and foreigners.
Critics say the government is in a state of denial. Taj Hashmi, a Bangladeshi who teaches security studies at the Austin Peay State University in the US, said there could be "no ambiguity" that the attack was the work of IS.


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