Dhaka cafe cleared of gunmen, confirmed

July 2, 2016 09:15

NEW DELHI -  Bangladeshi commandos on Saturday cleared a besieged cafe in Dhaka of gunmen who had earlier captured hostages inside the building, an army official told Indian television, as security forces searched the surrounding area for more attackers.

Lieutenant Colonel Masood of the Rapid Action Battalion told India's Times Now TV channel that he believed between six and 10 gunmen had stormed the restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic area on Friday.

Six were killed by security forces and commandos, he said.

"We have gunned down six. We are searching the area around," Masood said.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Saturday that 13 hostages were rescued from a besieged cafe in Dhaka on Saturday, but some had been killed.

In a television broadcast, Hasina said six gunman had also been killed and one had been captured alive in a dawn raid on the cafe by Bangladeshi commandos.

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