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Zimbabweans protesting against restrictions on imports of basic goods from South Africa forced the closure on Friday of the border post between the two countries and set fire to a warehouse, a police spokesperson said. The Zimbabwean government said on June 17 it was suspending imports of products including bottled water, furniture, building materials, steel products, cereals, potato crisps and dairy products, most of which arrive via South Africa. National police spokeswoman Charity Charamba said protesters in Beitbridge, a border town 600 kilometres south of the capital Harare, had barricaded a road with rocks and burning tyres to prevent vehicles and people from crossing into South Africa.
Twenty foreigners were killed by their captors after being taken hostage at a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka and most of the victims were either Italian or Japanese, an army officer said on Saturday. "All 20 of the hostages who were killed were foreigners," Lieutenant Shahab Uddin told AFP.