Bangladesh PM Hasina pays tribute to Dhaka cafe attack victims

Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday paid her homage to the victims of the Dhaka cafe attack victims during a memorial service at the Army Stadium here. On the second day of the national mourning over the incident, Hasina placed a wreath on the casket of the victims, the Daily Star reported. Twenty hostages, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one US citizen and an Indian were killed when Islamist militants stormed the Holey Artisan cafe in Gulshan area. Two police officers were died and 30 others injured. After a 12-hour siege commandos rescued 13 people. Six attackers were killed in the raid. A seventh man was arrested and is still being questioned. The Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack. Afterwards, it was opened to the relatives and general public for paying their tributes. Through the process, the bodies were being handed over to the relatives. The caskets were placed in a raised platform which bored the flags of India, Italy, Bangladesh, Japan and the US - commemorating the nationalities of the foreigners killed. Braving a drizzle that was on since last night, relatives and friends of the victims and people from all walks of life poured in to pay their last tribute at the scene. Ambulances were kept stationed nearby to carry the caskets.