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Newsline: US embassy families in Bangladesh given option to leave

The family members of the US government personnel posted to the embassy in Dhaka can leave the Bangladesh capital if they desire as the State Department has issued travel warning following the terror attack. The State Department said it had “authorized the voluntary departure of family members of U.S. government personnel posted to the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka”. The embassy remains open, the statement said. On Monday, it warned Americans to consider carefully whether they need to travel to Bangladesh following a series of attacks claimed by Islamist militants. “The U.S. government assesses that the terrorist threat is real and credible,” the department said in a statement. On July 1, at least five Bangladeshi men stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery, a cafe popular with foreigners, businessmen and diplomats, and killed 20 customers, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian and a US citizen.



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