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Dhaka attack: No place for terrorists or terrorism on Bangladesh’s soil, says PM

Gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with expatriates in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday and took hostages, including several foreigners.

TerrorInDhaka Updated: Jul 03, 2016 13:19 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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An ambulance transports bodies found at a restaurant popular with foreigners after heavily armed militants attacked it on Friday night in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, July 2, 2016. (AP Photo)

Bangladeshi troops gunned down at least 6 attackers and rescued 13 hostages, including foreigners, during an operation to clear a restaurant in the diplomatic zone of Dhaka that was stormed by armed militants, a senior security official said on Saturday.

1:10am: Bangladesh army official says 20 killed in attack on Dhaka restaurant. Sources say dead include foreigners.

Attackers used sharp weapons to kill hostages, said Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury, director of military operations. Chowdhury said it is believed foreigners are among dead but he did not give details about their nationality or identity.

There were 7 attackers in total- six of them have been killed and one has been detained, said Chowdhury.

11:25am: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina addresses media, says 13 people have been saved.

What kind of Muslims are these who kill other people during Ramzan: Hasina

All security agencies did a great job: Hasina

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10:08am: 3-4 attackers believed to be holed up in buildings near restaurants, says security official

10:00am: Six attackers gunned downed, 13 hostages rescued, senior Bangladesh security official tells HT

Holey Artisan Bakery has been cleared, operations on two clear nearby buildings, says official.

9:50am: The rescued hostages include few Indians, reports The Daily Star

9:30am: 12 people have been rescued in the raid, including two foreigners.

9:10am: Eye witnesses say three hostages were taken away. They include 1 Argentine and 2 Bangladeshis.

8:50am: Two loud explosions heard inside the restaurant. Operation still on; police official says 5 bodies found

Bangladeshi policemen clear out an area to facilitate action against heavily armed militants who struck at the heart of Bangladesh's diplomatic zone on Friday night, taking dozens of hostages at a restaurant popular with foreigners, Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, July 2, 2016. (AP Photo)

8:40am: A Japanese government spokesman says 12 people have been rescued from the restaurant, quoting Bangladeshi police.

8:35am: Bangladesh army chief is at the site and is monitoring the operations

8:25am: Bangladesh police say 8-10 hostages have been rescued from Dhaka restaurant

8:07am:Bangladesh police say one foreigner, probably japanese, escaped from Dhaka restaurant in operation to free hostages, reports Reuters

7:57am: Gunshots, explosions heard as security forces move to end hostage standoff

7:50am: Bangladesh police say more than 100 commandos fighting gunmen at the restaurant to free hostages, gunmen retaliating

7:35am: “Our commandos have stormed into the restaurant. Intense gunfighting on,” Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, a deputy director at the Rapid Action Battalion force, told Reuters.

7:21am: Bangladesh security forces storm hostage restaurant, said a security official. “The operation has began. Commandos have stormed the restaurant,” the official said.

6:45am:Islamic State has posted photos it claims to be of foreigners killed in the attack, news agency Amaq reports.

6:30 am: Italian and Indian nationals are among the hostages, said a duty officer at the Rapid Action Battalion’s (RAB) control room.

6.15am: Gowher Rizvi, an adviser to Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina, told Reuters that security forces were trying to negotiate a way out of the crisis, failing which they would launch an offensive to end the siege.

4.40am: Bangladesh police were preparing to launch an operation to free some 20 hostages, a police officer at the site told Reuters by telephone early on Saturday.

Read| Bangladesh police plan to move soon to end hostage crisis at Dhaka restaurant

4am: Some diners managed to escape, but police said there were still a number of people being held inside the restaurant hours after the assault.

3.40am: Seven Italian nationals are thought to be among the hostages taken by gunmen, Italian state television said quoting the Italian ambassador to Bangladesh.

State TV RAI quoted the Italian ambassador in Dhaka, Mario Palma, as saying the seven Italians were businessmen.

2.30am: Italian nationals are thought to be among the hostages, a source at the Italian foreign ministry said: Reuters

The source said it was not clear how many Italians may be involved.

1.38 am: Sri Lankan nationals suspected among hostages in Dhaka restaurant.

1.26 am: US-based SITE Intelligence Group quoted Islamic State-aligned Amaq News Agency that said IS fighters carried out the attack and had killed more than 20 foreigners at Holey Artisan Bakery.

1.15 am: More than two dozen members of police force sustained injuries, say police sources.

1.10am: No contact has been established with the terrorist yet. Efforts are on to open a channel of negotiation.

12. 59 am: US President Barack Obama has been briefed about the attack, the White House said. “The president asked to be kept informed as the situation develops,” a White House official said.

12.55 am: The US State Department said on Friday it had accounted for all diplomatic staff at its mission in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka following an attack by gunmen on a restaurant in the city’s diplomatic quarter.

Spokesperson John Kirby, however, could not confirm whether private US citizens were caught up in a “hostage situation.”

12.55 am: At least 15 injured in the situation, while two police officers are dead.

12.50 am: Dhaka attack has traces of Mirpur incident and smaller terrorist incidents, say Rapid Action force in Dhaka.

12.48 am: The officer in-charge of nearby Banani police station, Salahuddin Ahmed, was killed in the gunbattle.

12.45 am: Dhaka restaurant waiters say eight individuals have attacked the restaurant.

11.50 pm: A Bangladesh security officer has appealed to television channels to stop live broadcast of the situation.

11.40 pm: Benazir Ahmed, director general of the elite anti-crime force Rapid Action Battalion or RAB says that security forces were working to save the lives of the people trapped inside. Several foreigners are believed to be among the hostages inside the restaurant.

“Some derailed youths have entered the restaurant and launched the attack. We have talked to some of the people who fled the restaurant after the attack. We want to resolve this peacefully. We are trying to talk to the attackers, we want to listen to them about what they want,” Ahmed said.

“Some of our people have been injured. Our first priority is to save the lives of the people trapped inside.,” he said.

11.30 pm: Reuters reports Bangaldeshi policemen as saying that there are around eight or nine gumen involved in the situation.

11.25 pm: All Indian High Commission officials are reported to be safe and the Indian High Commission is monitoring the situation, the Ministry of External Affairs said

11.20 pm: Police negotiator appeals “we are requesting the ones who are inside the restaurant to talk to us., relay us your demands” (ANI)

11.15 pm: The Dhaka Tribune reports that several police officials have been wounded with at least 20 civilians, mostly foreigners taken hostage.

11.10 pm: Too early to say who is involved or motivation for hostage situation in Dhaka: U.S. State dept. spokesperson.

11.00 pm: Several foreigners are feared to have been taken hostages inside the restaurant, police said.

11.00 pm: A large number of policemen and Rapid Action Battalion have cordoned off the restaurant.

10.55 pm: The attackers hurled bombs and were firing intermittently, injuring some policemen and people.

10.50 pm: A chef who escaped when the attack began said an Argentinian and an Italian were killed when the gunmen entered the café

10.50 pm: The shooting started near Holey Artisan Bakery, which is a favourite with expatriates, Lakeview Hospital and Nordic Club in Gulshan, at 9:20pm Bangladesh time.

First Published: Jul 02, 2016 02:20 IST