02 July, Dhaka
After a 10-hour stand off, security forces have rescued 13 hostages held by terrorists in a restaurant in diplomatic area of the Bangladesh capital which they attacked last night with guns and explosives.
At least 20 hostages killed in the attack taking the death toll at 22.
The encounter between the Bangladesh commandos and the gunmen has left two police personnel and six of the gunmen dead, according to government sources. Commandos captured one gunman .
There were some reports of an Indian national along with seven Italian nationals, being still interned in the restaurant, but there was so far no confirmation from New Delhi.
The government sources said that the operation was now over and the restaurant had been cleaned, though combing operations were still on. Over 25 people are reported to have been injured.
In New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup has last night said that all staff of the Indian High Commission were reported to be safe and the High Commission was monitoring the situation.
The upmarket caf in Dhaka, attacked by unidentified gunmen, was frequented by foreigners who had taken hostage at least 30 people last night, but the exact number of captives and those rescued safely was still not clear.
According to officials estimates, there were 8 to 10 gunmen.
The responsibility for the attack has been claimed by the Islamic State.
The last night’s terror strike is in the series of attacks on secular blogger, activists, intellectuals and minorities by radical Islamic groups.