20 foreigners were hacked to death by ISIS militants inside a cafe popular with expats in the diplomatic zone here in the worst terror attack in Bangladesh
The Islamic State Group on Saturday claimed responsibility for the Dhaka attack that left 20 foreigners dead, including an Indian national.





20 foreigners were hacked to death by ISIS militants inside a cafe popular with expats in the diplomatic zone here in the worst terror attack in Bangladesh before commandos launched an assault today killing six attackers and capturing one alive.

Director of Military Operations Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury said the militants slaughtered 20 hostages before the joint operation led by the armed forces began. Most of those killed were found with their throat slit, he added.

Italian and Japanese nationals were among 19 others who were brutally murdered. Two senior police officers were also killed in the gunbattle that began last night. Chowdhury said the bodies of the victims were recovered during a search in the Holey Artisan Bakery compound after the operation. The bodies were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital morgue for autopsy to confirm their identity.

“Army Para commando Unit-1 led the operation and killed six terrorists within 13 minutes,” Chowdhury told reporters. The mission codenamed ‘Operation Thunderbolt’ was launched after the Prime Minister ordered the army to intervene to end the hostage crisis, he said.

Gunshots and sounds of explosion rocked the area at 7:40 AM (local time) as security forces launched the final assault to end the siege. Minutes later, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced the end of siege and said security forces “successfully” wrapped up their operation, freeing 13 hostages after killing six terrorists and capturing one militant at the Spanish cafe.“It was an extremely heinous act.

What kind of Muslims are these people? They don’t have any religion,” she said in a televised speech, referring to the terrorists. “They (gunmen) defied the call of Ramadan’s tarabi (special evening) prayers and went to kill people…The way they killed people is intolerable. They don’t have any religion…terrorism is their religion,” said Hasina, with Army chief General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq by her side.





Source:IndianExpress
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