Dhaka, July 2: Islamic State (IS) militants slaughtered at least 20 foreigners, including an Indian national, with sharp weapons before security forces rescued 13 hostages and gunned down six terrorists on Saturday morning, ending a long drawn-out overnight siege.
However, security officers captured one terrorist alive. The attack began on late Friday night as gunmen barged into the Holey Artisan Bakery, a place frequented by diplomats and foreigners and took hostages.
Police officials cordoned off the area around the restaurant and rescue operations began after 11 hours since the attack began at 9.30 pm on Friday.
Eight hostages were rescued within a few minutes of the recue operation. According to reports, one of the hostages said that the terrorists seperated the locals from the foreigners.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina vowed to eliminate all terrorists from the country and said that terrorists must stop killing people in the name of Islam. Hasina announced a two-day state mourning for those killed in the worst terror attack in the country.