Friday, July 1, 2016

Gunmen Shouting "Allahu Akbar" Storm Bangladesh Restaurant, Take Several Hostage

At least eight gunmen 'shouting "Allahu Akbar"' have stormed a popular cafe in the diplomatic area of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, taking a number of them hostage.

Several foreigners are among those being held by eight or nine armed men in the city's Gulshan district, as you read this.

A police officer has been killed and at least five others injured in a gun battle, a spokesman said.

Islamic State has now said they carried out the attack. A statement on the group's self-styled news agency Amaq said militants had attacked a restaurant "frequented by foreigners". It said that more than 20 people "of different nationalities" had been killed but this was not confirmed.

Security forces say they are trying to negotiate the hostages' release.

"We want to resolve this peacefully. We are trying to talk to the attackers," said Benazir Ahmed, chief of the Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladesh's elite police force.

"Our first priority is to save the lives of the people trapped inside."