DHAKA: 20 Hostages Dead In Dhaka Siege while 6 Terrorists Killed by bangladeshi forces. Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant to end a hostage-taking by heavily armed militants early Saturday, killing six of the attackers andrescuing 13 captives including foreigners. One terrorist was also caught alive.
The military said 20 of the hostages had been killed during the 11-hour standoff. Among those killed was a 19-year-old Indian woman named Tarishi Jain, India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said.
Nine Italians and seven Japanese were among the victims, Associated Press reported quoting Japan and Italian authorities. A US citizen was also killed in the attack, authorities confirmed today after a statement by spokesperson John Kerby yesterday had said that all Americans in Dhaka were safe.
Most of the victims were Italian or Japanese but not all were foreigners, the Army said. The Army had said earlier on Saturday that all 20 people killed were foreign. Officials from Japan said seven of its citizens were unaccounted for.
About 35 people were taken hostage, including about 20 foreigners, when gunmen stormed the popular Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area, a diplomatic zone, on Friday night during the Ramadan holy month. Two police officers were killed at the start of the attack.
Bangladesh Brig. Gen. Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury said six attackers were killed by the paramilitary troops who mounted the rescue operations. They also recovered explosive devices and sharp weapons from the scene. Chowdhury did not disclose the identities of the hostages.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina condemned the attack, which was claimed by the Islamic State group, and she said security officials arrested one of the terrorists.