20 killed in Bangladesh attack (UPDATE)

Other News Materials 2 July 2016 14:44 (UTC +04:00)

Details added (first version posted at 7:30)

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11:56 (GMT+4) Islamist militants’ attack on an upscale cafe in the Bangladeshi capital killed 20 foreigners inside, before police stormed the building and rescued 13 hostages, Reuters reports.

07:53 (GMT+4) At least five have been killed, while more than 11 hostages rescued, as joint Bangladesh special operation forces stormed a Dhaka restaurant Saturday morning to free dozens of people from gunmen there, Xinhua reports.

Five to six gunmen stormed the restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave Gulshan on Friday night. The “Islamic State” (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

07:30 (GMT+4) Gunmen have shot dead two police officials, police said, in the first attack on a foreign restaurant in Bangladesh claimed by “Islamic State” (IS) group, Xinhua reports.

The gunmen stormed the restaurant in Bangladesh capital Dhaka's diplomatic enclave Gulshan on Friday night at about 9:00 local time. At least 40 people including two more senior police officials were injured in the incident.

07:17 (GMT+4) Heavy gunfire and explosions rang out Saturday morning as Bangladesh security forces backed by armored vehicles moved to end a 10-hour standoff with heavily armed militants holding dozens of people hostage, including foreigners, after storming an upscale restaurant at the heart of Bangladesh's diplomatic zone, AP reports.

Two police officers were killed and at least 26 people wounded in an earlier gunbattle.
The “Islamic State” group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

At least 35 people, including about 20 foreigners, were trapped inside the restaurant, said kitchen staffer Sumon Reza, who was among more than 10 people who managed to run to the rooftop and escape when the militants moved in Friday night.