A minibus part of a Japanese convoy drives on a road, as relatives of victims of an attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery and the O'Kitchen Restaurant, visited the site, in Dhaka on Monday, July 4, 2016. Photo: Reuters
Dhaka siege: Bodies of 7 Japanese victims reach Tokyo
Under gray skies, the bodies of the seven Japanese killed in a militant attack in Bangladesh returned to home soil early morning today, AP reports.
A Japanese government plane, which had brought family members and government officials to Bangladesh to retrieve the victims, touched down at 6:50am local time at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Italy Lapo Pistelli has returned to his country with the bodies of nine Italians killed in The Holey Artisan attack on Friday.A special flight carrying the minister reached at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka this morning, sources at Bangladesh foreign ministry said.
Later, he visited the café in Gulshan where 22 people including two policemen and several foreign nationals were killed by militants following a hostage crisis on that day. He left the country along with the bodies around 1:15pm, State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam told reporters.
Twenty hostages including nine Italians and seven Japanese were brutally murdered during the chilling siege before the commandoes stormed the popular hangout in Dhaka’s diplomatic zone yesterday morning.
Thirteen hostages were rescued while six of the gunmen, who attacked the upscale eatery on Road 79 Friday night, were killed in the 50-minute army-led joint forces operation codenamed “Operation Thunderbolt”.
Two police officials were killed and dozens others injured on Friday night when law enforcers in groups attempted to close in on. Global terror outfit Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, agencies report.