Time: 11:37 a.m. CEST
Twenty hostages died, including foreigners, and 13 were rescued in the raid of the Bangladeshi troops after 11 hours standoff with gunmen who had detonated explosives and took hostage in Dhaka’s diplomatic quarter on Saturday. As the New York Times reports, the Bangladeshi military confirmed six attackers were killed in the rescue operation and seventh attacker was arrested. The military did not release the identities and nationalities of the attackers.
As the Times publishes, the Islamic State claimed the responsibility for the attack, which left at least 30 people wounded. Amaq, news agency associated with the Islamic State group reported, “Islamic State commandos attack a restaurant frequented by foreigners in Dhaka.” Two police officers died in the standoff with attackers. On 7:40 a.m. local time in Bangladesh, army paratroopers, entered the restaurant. The city of Dhaka was on lock down on Saturday and police officers standing at the checkpoints. The rescue operation lasted 12 or 13 minutes.
As gunfire and explosions started in the upscale Gulshan neighborhood on Friday, witnesses posted images on Twitter with paramilitary officers surrounding the Holey Artisan Bakery in the so-called diplomatic area in the city.
Early on Saturday, the group posted photographs of what it said were the bodies of foreigners killed in the attack and claimed that it was holding hostages, Amaq said. The Islamic State and a local branch of Al Qaeda have claimed responsibility for many of the attacks. The Islamic State is known to have claimed responsibility for 18 of them, most perpetrated against religious minorities, including Hindus, Buddhists and Christians. The Islamic State and its local branch of al-Qaida are responsible for most of the attacks since 2013 in which 40 people died. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for 18 of them, in which the militants targeted minorities, including Hindus, Buddhists and Christians.
Bangladesh faces a wave of violence from the international terrorist groups, but the government says the attacks are from local groups without outside coordination. In a recent crackdown, 10.000 people were arrested and 194 of them have reported connections with local militant networks.
At least two Sri Lankans were among the hostages, for which the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry later explained are rescued and unharmed. An Indian doctor managed to escape and at least on Japanese citizens was rescued. But, seven other Japanese were inside the restaurant at time of the attack. Japan reacted by sending Foreign Ministry official to Dhaka