Seven terrorists who killed 20 people at a Dhaka restaurant made no demands and a person taken alive by police was only a suspect admitted in hospital, Bangladesh's home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, rejecting ISIS' claims of responsibility.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has offered Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina help to investigate those behind the killing of 20 people at a Dhaka restaurant, as police examine how the young, affluent and educated attackers were radicalised.
A day after the attack, little is still known about which group attacked Dhaka. "We cannot say with certainty who carried out the attack," the Major Dhaka Annisul Huq told NDTV. Both the al Qaeda and ISIS have claimed responsibility.
Condolences to families of those who lost lives in Bdesh. We r with u. We pray for peace/harmony in holy month of Ramzaan. We condemn terror- Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 2, 2016
Deepest condolences to those who lost loved ones in the Dhaka attck.My heart goes out to the fmly of Tarishi Jain-she remains in our prayers- Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) July 2, 2016
- This is unprecedented in the history of Bangladesh
- We reacted quickly as soon as we got information
- Want to thank all security forces
- Six attackers were killed on spot
- 13 people - including 3 foreigners - were rescued
Hours after the siege ended, there is still no exact breakdown of the casualties. The Bangladesh Army now says most of the victims were Italian or Japanese but not all were foreigners. The Army had said earlier on Saturday that all 20 people killed were foreign.
My thoughts are with the bereaved families. I pray that those who are injured recover quickly.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 2, 2016
I am extremely pained to share that the terrorists have killed Tarushi, an Indian girl who was taken hostage in the terror attack in Dhaka.- Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 2, 2016
I have spoken to her father Shri Sanjeev Jain and conveyed our deepest condolences.The country is with them in this hour of grief.- Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 2, 2016
- Unidentified attackers stabbed and critically wounded a Hindu priest in southwest Bangladesh today.
- A Hindu temple worker was hacked to death in an attack by suspected terrorists on Friday.
- A teenage suspected extremist being held in custody in Bangladesh was shot dead on June 18 in a gunfight.
- A Hindu college teacher was seriously injured on June 16 when he was assaulted by suspected terrorists.
- A 62-year-old Hindu monastery worker was hacked to death in Bangladesh on June 10.
- Unidentified attackers killed a 70-year-old Hindu priest in western Bangladesh on June 7.
- Unidentified men hacked to death a Christian grocer near a church in Bangladesh's northwest on June 5.
- The wife of a police official known for his role in curbing extremism was shot dead in southeastern Bangladesh on June 5, in what police suspected as attack by Islamists.
Rapid Action Battalion members seen outside the Holey Artisan restaurant in Dhaka where dozens were taken hostage by heavily armed terrorists. So far, 12 hostages have been rescued.
"7-8 hostages were freed before the rescue operation began and four others were taken out during the operation," he said
There is absolute silence at the hostage site right now. No gunfire and no sound of bombs can be heard: NDTV's Monideepa Banerjie
Three wounded hostages have been rescued. They are being taken to the hospital.
"I'm in a state of shock...Normally this would have been a busy night but because of Eid coming up, many people are travelling."
"We have security at the restaurant, but it is not armed. The area is supposed to be armed," the owner said, adding, "my foreign staff have escaped, but local staff are still inside. I was there till 8pm, the attack happened about an hour after that."
Seven Italian nationals are thought to be among the hostages taken by gunmen, Italian state television said quoting the Italian ambassador to Bangladesh.
Last bullets fired at about 10.30 pm Bangladesh time
"Islamic State (ISIS) commandos attack a restaurant frequented by foreigners in the city of Dhaka," the ISIS-linked-Aamaq news agency said.
Driver of Japanese visitor to the restaurant has died at Dhaka medical college while undergoing treatment.
He came to pick his Japanese boss at the restaurant.
The Holey Artisan Bakery is in a lane that adjoins Pakistan embassy and the Australian High Commission.
No contact has been established with the terrorist yet. Efforts are on to open a channel of negotiation.
Two police officers are declared dead. One of them was the officer-in-charge of Gulshan Bari police station and the other was Assistant Commissioner of Police.
President Barack Obama has been briefed about the attack on a restaurant in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on Friday, the White House said.
A kitchen staff of the bakery, who managed to escape, said several armed men entered the restaurant around 8:45 PM and took the chief chef hostage, local media reported.