Friday, 1 July 2016
Gunmen attack Dhaka restaurant and taken at least one hostage,and injured two police officers
Gunmen have attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital, and reportedly taken at least one hostage.
Local media reported that a group of up to nine gunmen had entered the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe and opened fire on at around 9.20pm on Friday evening.
Jamuna Television quote a kitchen staff worker at the restaurant who escaped the attack and said that the gunmen chanted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is greatest”) as they launched the attack.
A large contingency of police and security guards cordoned off the area, trading gunfire with the attackers.
Benazir Ahmed, chief of the Rapid Action Battalion, said customers were still inside a restaurant and bakery targeted in the attack. “We believe we can resolve this peacefully,” he told reporters.
Assistant police commissioner Mohammed Ashraful Karim told our sources that two policemen had been badly injured and that at least one hostage had been taken.