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“The Hindu” has reported on a terrorist attack that took place in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, on July 1, 2016, at 9.20 p.m. BST. ISIS has taken full responsibility for the attack, as confirmed by a news agency run by the Islamic State, which suggested that it was carried out by the faceless and unidentified affiliates of the terror group.
Even though ISIS has a history of attacking Bangladesh in the past, this time, its attackers targeted the Holey Artisan Bakery, a restaurant that has regular foreign patrons. The attack took place in a well-guarded and highly secured Gulshan diplomatic area.
Gulshan is an affluent neighborhood that houses the majority of the foreign embassies in Bangladesh. It also is home to many high-end restaurants, shopping malls, and schools.
According to the local law and enforcement officials on the crime scene, the incident occurred when five armed gunmen entered the restaurant. They began shooting and exchanged heavy gunfire with the police.
The ensuing battle killed two police officers. Additionally, 15 people have been injured, and the attackers are holding 20 civilians as hostages; mostly foreigners.
UPDATE 1:38 a.m.: “The Hindu” reported that two Sri Lankan nationals might be among the hostages detained inside the Bangladeshi restaurant.
UPDATE 3:00 a.m.: The updated toll of those reported injured is 30. According to “The Hindu,” John Kirby, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department, is in contact with the government in Bangladesh. Kirby stated the U.S. would provide the assistance necessary to bring the terrorists to justice.
President Barack Obama was briefed by Lisa Monaco, his chief counterterrorism adviser. He will continue to be updated.
UPDATE 3:35 a.m.: “The Hindu” reported that Assistant Commissioner of Police Robiul Islam was among the two police officers that were killed in the shootout. This was confirmed by a comment posted on Facebook by Shahab Enam Khan, a commentator on politics and diplomacy. Khan identified and praised Islam as a meritorious alumnus of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Jahangirnagar University.
The investigation is ongoing, and Guardian Liberty Voice will provide updates when they become available.
By Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne
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