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DHAKA, Bangladesh - At least 11 of the 20 hostages who were killed in an hours-long attack at a cafe in Bangladesh's capital over the weekend have been publicly identified.

    At least nine of the dead were Italian nationals, Italy's Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Saturday.

    The nine, according to the Italian foreign ministry, were: Adele Puglisi; Marco Tondat; Claudia Maria D'Antona; Nadia Benedetti; Vincenzo D'Allestro; Maria Rivoli; Cristian Rossi; Claudio Cappelli; and Simona Monti.

    At least two others were college students in the United States.

    One was Indian citizen Tarushi Jain, 19, who was studying at the University of California at Berkeley, according to India's minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj.

    The other was Abinta Kabir, of Miami, Florida, who was a student at Emory University's campus in Oxford, Georgia, the school said.

    Kabir was in Dhaka visiting family and friends, the university said.

    "The Emory community mourns this tragic and senseless loss of one of our university family. Our thoughts and prayers go out on behalf of Abinta and her family and friends for strength and peace at this unspeakably sad time," the university said.

    Bangladeshi troops stormed an upscale bakery in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave Saturday morning, ending an 11-hour siege by militants who killed 20 hostages and two police officers, officials said.

    It was the deadliest and boldest act of terror in a country that has become increasingly numb to ever-escalating violence by Islamist militants.

    The victims -- most of them foreigners -- were among roughly three dozen people taken hostage when attackers stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery on Friday evening with guns, explosives and other, sharp weapons Friday evening, authorities said.

    Some guests and workers managed to escape, jumping from the bakery's roof. Others crouched under chairs and tables as the gunmen fired indiscriminately, witnesses said.

    Early Saturday morning, military commandos moved in. By the end, 13 people had been rescued and 20 were dead at the restaurant, officials said. Two police officers had been killed in a gunfire exchange earlier in the standoff, authorities said.

    Six terrorists were killed and one was captured alive, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said.

    Exactly who was behind the attack is unclear.

    ISIS claimed responsibility through its media branch, Amaq. But a U.S. official told CNN it was more likely that al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent conducted this attack. The official said AQIS has demonstrated a more capable presence in Dhaka over the past few months than ISIS, and so far, all of its attacks in the nation have been in the capital.

    Not all of the names of the dead were immediately released. One was Indian citizen Tarushi Jain, 19, who was studying at the University of California at Berkeley, according to India's minister of external affairs, Sushma Swaraj.

    One Japanese national and two Sri Lankans were among the hostages rescued, officials from both nations said.

    The rescued Japanese national was having dinner with seven other colleagues from Japan, who are missing, said Koichii Hagiuda, the deputy chief Cabinet secretary.

    Japan has sent Vice Foreign Minister Seiji Kihara, along with a team of terrorism experts, to Dhaka.

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