Gunmen attack restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter

By REUTERS
July 1, 2016 20:51

 
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DHAKA - Gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital on Friday and the US State department said there was a hostage situation.

Three policemen were wounded by gunfire that erupted as police surrounded the Holey Artisan restaurant in the upscale Gulshan area of Dhaka, a police officer said.

He said there were foreigners inside the restaurant and that police were preparing a plan to enter the premises.

The US State Department said on Twitter that there was a hostage situation in the diplomatic enclave of Dhaka.



Speaking from his house in the area, a witness said he could hear gunfire and that the situation "looked quite bad".

A series of deadly attacks, mostly using machetes rather than guns, have targeted bloggers, atheists and religious minorities

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