LIVE: Gulshan of Bangladesh hostage crisis

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RSU: 02:july:2016

So far, several people including foreign nationals are held hostage inside a restaurant in Gulshan diplomatic zone. At least 30 people including policemen have been shot.

Our correspondents are reporting LIVE from the spot.

5:05am: Seven Italian nationals are thought to be among the hostages, Italian state television said quoting the Italian ambassador to Bangladesh.

4:45am: Law enforcers ask journalists and relatives to move away further from Holey Artisan. The reason is not clear though.

3:58am: A young man was seen being carried out by law enforcers from the direction of the restaurant. He did not have any shirt and seemed to have been wounded, maybe from bullets.

“He seemed to be dozing,” said one of our correspondents.

3:41am: Two hostages, an Argentine and a Bangladeshi citizen, have been claimed to be rescued by law enforcers.

1:26am: Islamic State claims responsibility of Gulshan attack, SITE Intelligence Group reports.

1:08am: Another cop casualty confirmed. Robiul Islam, assistant commissioner of Uttara zone Detective Branch, has died in the shooting, top police officials confirms The Daily Star

12:29am: Police now trying to communicate with the criminals for negotiation, top police official tells The Daily Star seeking anonymity.

12:14am: Banani police Officer-in-Charge Salauddin Khan, who was injured earlier during the gunfire exchange, has been declared dead, a top official at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) confirms The Daily Star.

12:05am: Heavily armed police preparing an entry with armoured vehicles.

11:57pm: “Some people being held hostage at gunpoint inside the restaurant,” Monirul Islam, additional commissioner of Bangladesh’s counter terrorism unit, tells The Daily Star.

11:56pm: Sumon Reza, a kitchen staff of Holey Artisan Bakery, who managed to escape, says an Argentinian and another Italian are among those held hostage inside the restaurant.

11:49pm: US and UK issue alerts for its citizens in and around the Gulshan zone.

Reports of shooting and hostage situation in Gulshan 2, Dhaka. Please shelter in place and monitor news.

— U.S. Embassy Dhaka (@usembassydhaka) July 1, 2016

11:26pm: News comes from Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Two including a policeman and a pedestrian, injured during Gulshan face off, are being treated at the hospital.

11:19pm: Rab Director General Benzir Ahmed urges televisions against live coverage citing security reasons.

11:15pm: Md Suhrawardy, a businessman, who lives nearby says his family informed him of the crisis around 8:40pm. They told him not to go home and that they too heard “Allah hu Akbar” screams before several blasts. The lights of the bakery was out at that time.

11:14pm: Dhaka police Additional Deputy Commissioner Ahad, Banani police officer-in-charge among several law enforcers injured, says Mizanur Rahman, senior ASP in the media wing of Rab.

11:02pm: Cops preparing for a counter offensive. They are gearing up with bulletproof vests, helmets and firearms at the moment.

11:00pm: Cops have retreated in face of indiscriminate firing and bomb blasts.

According to intelligence gathered by our correspondent at spot, about five assailants entered one Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant on Road 79 and opened gunfire around 9:20pm.

About 8-10 assailants, armed with pistols, swords and bombs took the chef of Holey Artisan Bakery hostage around 8:45pm, said Sumon Reza, a kitchen staff, who managed to escape.

According to him, the assailants shouted “Allah hu Akbar” before blasting several bombs.
Source : The dailystar