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Bangladesh police question family members of attackers

  • A Bangladeshi man pays his respects to victims of the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The attack, the worst convulsion of violence yet in the recent series of deadly attacks to hit Bangladesh, has stunned the traditionally moderate Muslim nation and raised global concerns about whether it can cope with increasingly strident Islamist militants. (AP Photo)

    A Bangladeshi man pays his respects to victims of the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The attack, the worst convulsion of violence yet in the recent series of deadly attacks to hit Bangladesh, has stunned the traditionally moderate Muslim nation and raised global concerns about whether it can cope with increasingly strident Islamist militants. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Bangladeshi man stands in the rain and pays his respects to the victims of the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The attack, the worst convulsion of violence yet in the recent series of deadly attacks to hit Bangladesh, has stunned the traditionally moderate Muslim nation and raised global concerns about whether it can cope with increasingly strident Islamist militants. (AP Photo)

    A Bangladeshi man stands in the rain and pays his respects to the victims of the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The attack, the worst convulsion of violence yet in the recent series of deadly attacks to hit Bangladesh, has stunned the traditionally moderate Muslim nation and raised global concerns about whether it can cope with increasingly strident Islamist militants. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • The coffin of one of the nine Italian victims, who were killed in the July 1 attack in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, is shoulder carried at Rome's Ciampino military airport, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The brutality of the attack, the worst convulsion of violence yet in the recent series of deadly attacks to hit Bangladesh, has stunned the traditionally moderate Muslim nation and raised global concerns about whether it can cope with the increasingly strident Islamist militants. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA Via AP)

    The coffin of one of the nine Italian victims, who were killed in the July 1 attack in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, is shoulder carried at Rome's Ciampino military airport, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. The brutality of the attack, the worst convulsion of violence yet in the recent series of deadly attacks to hit Bangladesh, has stunned the traditionally moderate Muslim nation and raised global concerns about whether it can cope with the increasingly strident Islamist militants. (Angelo Carconi/ANSA Via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Police in Bangladesh say they are questioning family members of five attackers who stormed an upscale restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone and killed police officers and hostages before they were fatally shot by security forces over the weekend.

A police officer says parents and relatives of the five young Bangladeshi men were questioned Tuesday and some again on Wednesday. The officer declined to give details and spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

The officer also said authorities have freed three of five former hostages they had been holding for questioning.

Police have eight people in custody, including one described as an attacker, but no one has been arrested as a suspect.

Two police officers and 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, were killed.