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Indian Diplomats Safe in Dhaka, Says MEA, IS Claims Responsibility for Attack

Dhaka Gulshan attack (Youtube)

Dhaka Gulshan attack (Youtube)

After the bizarre terrorist attack in Dhaka where 20 diplomats were taken hostage by apparently IS-backed attack in Dhaka, the Indian High Commission said all its officials are safe and it is monitoring the situation.

A gang of 8 rmed assailants earlier entered a Spanish restaurant and have taken several foreigners, mostly diplomats, as hostages on Friday, sending shock waves across the diplomatic community in the capital of Bangladesh. Later police opened fire at the Holy Artisan Bakery.

Local police official Sheikh Maruf Hasan confirmed that one of the policeman was killed during fire exchange and four more injured in the attack.

“Banani Police Station officer in-charge Md Salauddin has died from injuries he received in an attack by gunmen on a restaurant at Dhaka’s diplomatic zone Gulshan,” reported bdnews24.com.

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack that followed similar attack on a Hindu priest Shymanondo Das, in his mid 50s, by three motorcycle-borne assailants when he was plucking flowers for morning prayers at a garden in the Radhamodon Gopal Moth premises in Jhenaidah.

Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority nation, is turning intolerant to non-Muslims and attacks on secular bloggers, gay rights activists and Hindus, Christians and Muslim Sufis and Shiites have been on the rise.



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