Dhaka restaurant is under attack,20 Foreigners died in dhaka
Bangladesh army said An attack on a cafe in Dhaka has left 28 people dead, including 20 foreign hostages, most of whom were killed with sharp weapons,
The prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, said one of the gunmen had been captured alive in the dawn raid.
More than 100 Bangladeshi commandos stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in the diplomatic quarter of the capital early on Saturday after the 12-hour siege began on Friday night.
“The terrorists killed the civilians last night. We have recovered huge cache of IED explosives and AK-22 assault rifles,” Total 13 people were rescued in Dhaka by Bangladesh army
Television footage showed a number of police being led away from the site with blood on their faces and clothes. Heavily armed officers were seen standing on the street outside.A statement on the group’s self-styled news agency Amaq said militants had attacked a restaurant “frequented by foreigners”. It said that more than 20 people “of different nationalities” had been killed but this has not been confirmed.
Though there have been a number of killings focusing on academics, activists and member of religious minorities, attacks on foreigners are rare.
The timing is important. Bangladesh has been gearing up for the Muslim religious festival of Eid, and most people have started going to their homes in villages and towns across the country for a week-long holiday period.
The government has always denied the presence of Islamic State militant group in Bangladesh.
So far the militants have targeted individuals and sometimes security forces. But storming a cafe in a heavily guarded diplomatic district is unprecedented and a dramatic escalation in violence.
The government has been caught unaware, and the attack exposes a big hole in Bangladesh’s intelligence gathering and security system.Local TV stations reported that the rescue operation began at 7.40am, about 10 hours after the gunmen took over the cafe.
Dhaka attack in Bangladesh
Mohammad Jasimuddin, a member of the kitchen staff, was inside the restaurant when the gunmen stormed in. “There were about 50 to 60 staff inside. These people came and opened fire. We thought they were dacoits [bandits] and would leave after looting money and valuables,” he said.
“I heard them screaming Allahu Akbar [God is great] and firing shots,” he told the Guardian. “We thought they’d leave in 15 to 20 minutes, instead they went upstairs to the second floor [that was] under construction. They were firing from there.” He said that he and other employees jumped over barbed wire fences to escape. He estimated there were about 25 to 30 customers inside at the time.
A police constable named Kamruzzaman told the Guardian that the gunmen threw explosives from the second floor. “We reached the spot of the attack within seven minutes of the incident taking place,” he said. “They opened fire from there, we fired back.
“We tried to rescue a civilian but they shot him down. He was lying by the lakeside close to the restaurant,” Kamruzzaman added. “We didn’t know they had grenades in their possession.”
A local police station chief, Mohammed Salahuddin, was killed in the gunfight along with one other officer, confirmed Ashraful Karim, the assistant police commissioner and Salahuddin’s immediate superior.
Fazle Arshad Haque said he had not heard from his nephew who had been visiting the restaurant on Friday night with his girlfriend. “I live nearby. I come here with my daughter everyday to have ice cream,” said Haque. He feared for his nephew’s safety and said he lacked confidence in the police. “There may be 10 million police, they are very incapable … Bangladesh is not prepared for these sort of things.”
Bangladesh has seen a series of attacks, mostly using machetes, targeting bloggers, atheists and religious minorities.
Earlier on Friday a Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in the south-west of the country in the latest attack blamed on radical Islamists, police said.
Bangladesh has seen an increase in attacks
Bangladesh has seen an increase in militant Islamist violence over the last year. Deadly attacks have been mounted against atheists and members of religious minorities in the mostly Muslim country of 160 million people, with attackers often using machetes.
Militants killed two foreigners last year, leading several Western firms involved in the country’s $25 billion garment sector to temporarily halt visits to Dhaka.
Both Islamic State and al Qaeda have claimed responsibility for militant attacks in the country. But the government denies foreign militant organizations are involved and blames two local groups, Ansar-al-Islam and Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.
The U.S. State Department said all Americans working at the U.S. mission there had been accounted for.
A spokesman said in Washington the situation was “very fluid, very live”.
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