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#DhakaAttack: Bangladesh Military Says 20 Hostages Killed in Terrorist Attack

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The Bangladesh military spokesman, on Saturday confirmed the death of 20 hostages during a siege in Dhaka, when terrorists stormed a restaurant.

Brig.-Gen. Nayeem Chowdhry, the spokesman, said six of the terrorists holding the hostages were killed.

He said the victims were chopped to death by sharp weapons inside the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in the Gulshan diplomatic district of Dhaka.

Chowdhry said that a search operation was launched as the militants were killed after 12 to 13 minutes of commando operations.

“The forces found a number of firearms – including pistols, AK-22 rifles and sharp weapons at the scene.”

Some diplomats said on condition of anonymity that some of the foreign hostages included several Italians and one or more Japanese citizens.

“Two of the 13 hostages rescued are Sri Lankan nationals and one is Japanese, but more information would be available on the deceased after investigations,” he said.

He said the gunmen entered the restaurant at about 8.45PM Friday (1445 GMT) as customers were eating.

The spokesperson said tense standoff carried into early morning after two police officers were killed in an initial exchange of gunfire.

The Islamic State terrorist organisation reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Other reports said American officials suspected al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent, which the U.S. declared a terrorist group the day before.

It added that thousands of alleged radical militants had been arrested in Bangladesh in recent weeks.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

2 Comments

  1. Prince

    July 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    This world should just end. Everyday problem

  2. Me

    July 2, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Bellanaija keep this up, I prefer reading the news from your site than other blogs, like our one woman business madam that is very poor at constructing her stories. If you keep this up, I’m sure more people would come to your site instead of hers….

    May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

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