Dhaka: Islamic State claims deaths of 20 foreign hostages

Armed men killed 20 hostages in a café in Dhaka; the deaths of the hostages was confirmed by a Bangladesh army official in his briefing to the media. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, and released photos of the executed bodies inside the restaurant through social media.

Security forces alerted for rescuing 20 hostages [Photo from TV photage]

Security forces alerted for rescuing 20 hostages [Photo from TV footage]

The militants had taken foreign civilians hostage earlier in a café in diplomatic zone of Dhaka; the hostages death was confirmed by Bangladesh military official, Brig General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury.

Six of the armed men were killed, and one captured alive, confirmed Sheikh Hasina, the Bangladesh premier.

“Twenty individuals were slaughtered with sharp weapons by the assailants long before the joint operation began”, Dhaka Express, the Bangladesh English daily media, quoted Brig General Nayeem Ashfaq Chodhury as stating.

The Indian Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, confirmed the death of the Indian citizen in the Dhaka attack via Swaraj’s Twitter account, and stated that Tarishi was a teenage Indian who studied in American School in Dhaka, and was a current student at Berkeley.

Police elite forces who stormed the café to rescue the hostages, resulting in the rescue of 13 individuals, including a Japanese and two Srilankans.

One Japanese national has been rescued, but contact to seven other hostages has not been made possible, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda told the media.

The number of Italian hostages has not yet been confirmed by Bangladesh government, as officials are still struggling to confirm the identities of the decesased.

“Paolo Gentiloni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, talked on the phone with Abdul Hassan Mahmood Ali, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh, who confirmed the killing of some twenty hostages, and the release of thirteen”, states the statement issued by Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Bangladesh remains an unsafe country for bloggers, social and rights activists, gays and atheists, as it has been for the last two years. Nearly two dozen writers, publishers, atheists, minority groups’ members, foreign aid workers and civil society members have been killed in Bangladesh since 2013.

The frequency of attacks increased after the country executed the well-known leaders of the religious party connected to the civil war crimes in the 1970s when Bangladesh parted ways with the then-Pakistani government.

The government officials do not confirm the presence of Islamic State in Bangladesh, but several attacks are claimed by said organization.

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Malik Achakzai covering, Afghanistan, Pakistan, politics, culture, development, relations, climate change and religions. Having master in Mass Communication from University of Balochistan, have worked for several media organizations including Voice of America, United Press International, The Friday Times, Afghanistan Times, Daily Times Pakistan, News Lens Pakistan as freelancer for last 8 years. @AfghanJourno