Bangladesh in mourning after hostage bloodbath

Officials carry a body bag at Dhaka's Holey Artisan Bakery cafe after a bloody siege at the restaurant came to an endBangladesh began two days of national mourning Sunday after 20 hostages were slaughtered at a restaurant as the government insisted the attackers were homegrown jihadists and not followers of the Islamic State group. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina decreed the mourning period as she vowed to drag Bangladesh back from the brink, warning of a concerted bid to turn one of the world's most populous nations into a failed state. Amid mass condemnation of the killings in Dhaka, whose victims included 18 foreigners, the Islamic State group said it had targeted a gathering of "citizens of crusader states" on Friday night at a Western-style cafe.

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