Dessert chef escaped Dhaka siege

2016-07-03 20:37
A woman brings flowers to pay respect to the people who died in the attack in Dhaka. (AP Photo)

A woman brings flowers to pay respect to the people who died in the attack in Dhaka. (AP Photo)

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Dhaka - A dessert chef who is only one of two Italians to survive the Dhaka restaurant siege, says he took refuge in an adjoining house and stayed there long after the massacre ended.

Jacopo Bioni, 34, told Sky TG24 TV in a phone interview broadcast on Sunday that, after jumping two storeys down onto the property of a nearby house, the residents, although "understandably" frightened by his sudden appearance, hid him.

Bioni said when he saw an attacker point a rifle at a table of Italian diners, he fled to the roof without thinking twice. Bioni said police came to talk to him on Saturday morning and then he left the house in the afternoon.

Says Bioni: "I grabbed two things and my passport, headed to the airport and caught the first flight out." That flight took him to Bangkok and Bioni said he couldn't wait to return to Italy on Monday.

He said he had no desire to look at attack photos on social or other media, since he preferred to remember Bangladesh in happier times.

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