‘6 militants gunned down, one captured alive’: Prime Minister

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Dhaka, July 2:  Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday disclosed that law enforcing agencies have gunned down six terrorists who carried out the terror attack at Holey Artisan Bakery Spanish restaurant at city’s Gulshan area.

“It was an extremely heinous act. What kind of Muslims are these people? They don’t have any religion,” the premier said.

Police also detained one of the terrorists alive from the spot, she added.

“The forces have rescued 13 hostages alive from the restaurant. Thanks to Almighty Allah that our forces have able to kill the militants,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while speaking at the opening ceremony of Dhaka-Chittagong four-lane highway at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on Saturday.

Prime minister also thanked all the members of the security forces to complete the crisis peacefully.

“People must resist these terrorists. My government is determined to root out terrorism and militancy from Bangladesh,” the Prime Minister said.

Earlier at about 8:45pm on Friday, eight to 10 youths launched a sudden attack on Holey Artisan Restaurant at Gulshan-2. Later, they made the people of the restaurant hostages. There were at least 30 to 35 people including 20 foreigners inside the restaurant. Following it, the entire four kilometer area was cordoned off by the law enforcers.

Sources at United Hospital at Gulshan said a total of 36 injured people were taken there. Of them, two succumbs to their injuries. Twenty-four injured are now undergoing treatment there. The rest was given primary aid.

Middle-East based international militant organisation Islamic State (IS) claimed the responsibility of making the locals and foreigners hostage.

It was first time in Bangladesh that people were made hostage by launching such a sudden operation in high-security diplomatic zone in the capital Dhaka.

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