DHAKA, THE PLANE WITH THE BODIES OF THE ITALIAN VICTIMS IS ON ITS WAY TO ITALY

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The plane transporting the bodies of the nine Italian victims killed in the Friday terrorist attack in a restaurant in Dhaka, along with 7 Japanese citizens, is now on its way to Italy.

Yesterday alone, Bangladesh concluded two days of national mourning for the massacre in the “Holey Artisanal Bakery”. A State ceremony was held at the Army Stadium, during which Prime Minister Sheik Hasina, several ministers, foreign diplomats, and many ordinary people gathered before the coffins of the 20 victims.

After the ceremony, the respective home countries of the victims took over the bodies. The remains of the Italian victims will arrive to Rome this evening, said Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni. President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella will be waiting for the arrival of the coffins at the Ciampino airport. Mattarella has shortened the program of his journey to Latin America, which was supposed to continue – after Mexico – with visits to Uruguay and Argentina.

According to the Italian Foreign Ministry, Deputy Foreign Minister Mario Giro departed on board the aircraft, where represents the Government. Giro is accompanied by the Head of Crisis Unit, Claudio Taffuri. According to sources cited by the Foreign Ministry, the husband of Claudia D’Antona – one of the victims of the attack – should be on this plane too. The man survived the carnage fortuitously: he went out in the garden to answer a phone call. The prosecutor’s office in Rome will hear him as a witness of what happened.

The victims’ bodies will be autopsied at the Policlinico Gemelli in Rome, where doctors officially determine the causes of their death.

The bodies of the Japanese victims, however, have already arrived to Japan, accompanied by family members, who had been taken to the capital of Bangladesh after the bloody hostage-taking. Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida was awaiting the plane at the airport. He presented a floral tribute to the victims, after a deep bow, followed by a minute of silence.

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