An 11-hour standoff with alleged Islamic militants at an upscale bakery in Dhaka broke Saturday morning when Bangladeshi troops stormed the premises. Of the roughly three dozen hostages held at the café, offices found 20 had been killed in one of the deadliest terror attacks the country has seen, CNN reports.
Six of the attackers were also killed.
The attack took place in Dhaka’s diplomatic district and a news outlet linked to the Islamic State, Amaq, reported that the bakery where the attack took place is, “frequented by foreigners.”
Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda told the BBC that seven Japanese nationals were inside the cafe at the time of the attack, though it’s unclear whether any of them are among the casualties.
We don’t want these terrorists in Bangladesh. This type of situation is a first in Bangladesh, until now they were committing individual murders. But now suddenly they created this type of situation. What they did here was a very heinous act.
The attack took place during Ramadan on a day when those who observe the holy month would have been breaking their fast.