ISIS claims responsibility, police says foreign national safe

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Dhaka, July 2: Police said that foreign nationals who were made hostages at a restaurant at Gulshan in Dhaka are safe.

“The foreign citizens are safe—but it is not possible to tell about the attackers or which organisation they belonged to,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police (North) deputy commissioner Sheikh Nazmul Alam told reporters on Saturday.

Meanwhile, DB’s SWAT team rescued two hostages from the militants’ captivity. However, it could not be known how they were rescued from the captivity.

Reuters news agency said that both Islamic State and Al-Qaeda issued statements claiming responsibility of the attacks.

Reuters said both IS and Al-Qaeda claimed the responsibility of the attack on Friday night.

However, the government denied about the involvement of foreign terrorists. The government claimed that two local militant groups–Ansar al-Islam and JMB were responsible for the attack.

Meanwhile, the US Embassy in Dhaka warned people to stay in shelter and monitor news as a popular restaurant came under attack.

At least 20 civilians, including foreigners, are believed to be held hostage inside Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in high-security Gulshan diplomatic area in Dhaka.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Robiul Islam was killed in the exchange of gunfire at the Holey Artisan. He was a meritorious student of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Jahangirnagar University.

The U.S. State Department says it has seen the claims of responsibility by the Islamic State group for the hostage-taking in Dhaka but cannot yet confirm it.

A White House official said President Barack Obama was briefed on the attack by his chief counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco. The president asked to be kept informed as the situation develops, said the official, who was not authorized to speak publicly about the president’s meetings.

A large number of policemen and Rapid Action Battalion cordoned off the restaurant.

The attackers hurled bombs and were firing intermittently, injuring some policemen and people.