UPDATE: Dhaka, July 2nd,2016 Twenty foreigners were brutally murdered with sharp weapons by ISIS militants inside a restaurant popular with expatriates here in the high-security diplomatic zone before elite commandos stormed the cafe on Saturday and killed them, ending Bangladesh’s worst hostage crisis. 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.
BBC NEWS: A gun battle is taking place between police and unidentified attackers in the diplomatic area of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, officials say. Two Italian citizens were killed and two police officers and a civilian were hospitalized in the attack, which took place in the Gulshan district of Dhaka. The incident started after five gunman burst into the Holey [sic] Artisan Bakery in the area, which is the diplomatic heart of the South Asian city. They opened fire, and while police and members of the Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion came to the scene, The Dhaka Tribune said at least 20 civilians had been taken hostage, but this was not confirmed. Police and security forces have sealed off the area.
The 9 ISIS Muslim Terrorists were armed with grenades and AK-47's they also were armed with swords for possible beheading of the hostages. ISIS in Australia planned public beheadings of randomly selected people on the streets of Sydney and Brisbane.
It is not clear who the attackers are, although a police officer told the BBC that Islamic militants with ISIS were suspected. ISIS attacked Dhaka in October 2015. BBC South Asia editor Jill McGivering says that although high-profile gun attacks are rare in Bangladesh, the latest incident follows a series of murders widely blamed on Islamist extremists.
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