20 killed including 6 attackers in Bangladesh attack
Troops entered the Holy Artisan Bakery twelve hours after gunmen seized the restaurant.
- India’s foreign minister said a young Indian woman was among the dead
- Bangladesh Army Brig Gen Naim Asraf Chowdhury said the victims had been “brutally” attacked with sharp weapons
- Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda said seven other Japanese nationals were in the cafe, but that the government had not yet been able to contact them
- Gen Chowdhury said 13 people were rescued, including one Japanese national and two Sri Lankans
The siege began as diners were gathering to break their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan…
Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper said the gunmen tortured anyone who was unable to recite the Koran. They provided meals overnight for only the Bangladeshi captives, it said.