The security forces on Saturday morning stormed into the Dhaka restaurant to end an unprecedented hostage crisis, where it is believed that around 20 people are kept as hostage since last night. According to the Daily Star, heavy sound of explosion started to rock the area at 7:40 a.m. this morning.
It is reported that two policemen have been killed and more than 20 people have been injured so far by eight-nine gunmen, who attacked the Holey Artisan Restaurant, located in the Gulshan District of the Bangladesh capital. The cafe is described as being popular with expatriates, diplomats and middle-class families. As per local media reports, Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Gowher Rizvi, an adviser to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, had earlier said that the security forces could launch an offensive to end the siege in case they fail to negotiate a way out of the crisis. The assailants, who are believed to be carrying assault rifles and grenades, exchanged gun fire with police outside for several hours after the attack which began around 9 p.m.