Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi condemns the “madness” of the Dhaka attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Nine Italians confirmed dead in Dhaka attack
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION).
STORY: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi condemned on Saturday (July 2) a deadly attack in the Bangladeshi capital where suspected Islamist gunmen stormed into a cafe and killed 20 foreigners inside, including some Italians.
“Facing yet another tragedy of radical Islam, Italy is united and … will not back-track in the face of the madness of those who want to destroy the life we live everyday,” Renzi told a news conference in Rome.
Renzi declined to give any details of the number of the Italians killed in Friday (June 1) night’s attack, or the circumstances of their deaths.
However, Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni told reporters, “We have identified nine (Italians) killed, there is another person who is missing and could be hiding himself or could be among wounded people … we are looking for him.”
Gunmen stormed a busy restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic area and ordered all Bangladeshis to stand up before they began killing foreigners, a source briefed on the police investigation said.
The militants killed 20 people, most of them foreigners, before security forces stormed the building and ended a 12-hour standoff on Saturday.
Islamic State said it was responsible for the attack, but that claim has yet to be confirmed.