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Hostage-takers were from Bangladesh group, not Islamic State group: Minister

AFP , Sunday 3 Jul 2016
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Bangladeshi police and military gather in an intersection near an upscale restaurant after a bloody siege ended in Dhaka on July 2, 2016. ( AFP PHOTO)
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The Islamist militants who slaughtered 20 hostages at a Dhaka restaurant were members of a homegrown Bangladeshi militant outfit and not followers of the Islamic State group, a senior minister said Sunday.

"They are members of the Jamaeytul Mujahdeen Bangladesh," Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told AFP, referring to a group which has been banned in Bangladesh for more than a decade.

"They have no connections with the Islamic State."

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