Update: Police Storm Dhaka Restaurant
The siege of a Spanish Restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, came to an end early Saturday morning, as police stormed the facility. Twenty bodies were found inside the restaurant, 13 hostages rescued. Six attackers were killed by police, and a 7th captured.
The commandos supported by armored vehicles raided the cafe early on Saturday morning, after the hours long standoff. The police found bodies lying in pools of blood in the grisly aftermath of the jihadists’ killing spree.
Seven Japanese nationals, 9 Italians, 1 Indian girl, and 3 college students(one American citizen).
Thirteen hostages were rescued, but most of the others were “killed mercilessly” with sharp weapons on Friday night, according to Army Brigadier General Naim Asraf Chowdhury. Reports that the victims were tortured emerged.
“…Police said the two officers died at a hospital after being wounded in the initial gunfight with the attackers, who also hurled bombs. Ten of 26 people who were wounded when the militants opened fire were in critical condition, and six were on life support, according to hospital staff. The injuries ranged from broken bones to gunshot wounds. Only one civilian was among the wounded….
Kitchen staffer Sumon Reza, who escaped via the restaurant’s roof, said the attackers chanted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) as they assaulted around 9:20 p.m. Friday (11:20 a.m. ET), initially opening fire with blanks.
Rezaul Karim, the father of a Bangladeshi businessman who was rescued along with his family, said the attackers did not harm any hostage who could recite verses from the Islamic holy book, Koran…”
Students from American colleges among the dead
Three of the dead were students at American colleges- 2 from Georgia’s Emory University and 1 from UC Berkeley.
— Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) July 2, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers go out on behalf of Faraaz and Abinta, their friends and family for strength and peace at this unspeakably sad time
— Emory University (@EmoryUniversity) July 2, 2016
On Friday, monitoring the internet for updates on the IS siege in Dhaka, showed IS militants were using Twitter and the instant messaging app Telegram to “report” on their attack’s progress. Security forces seemed to have paid no attention to these crucial clues, the expert said.
“IS warned long ago that it would stage attacks during Ramadan in many countries, including Bangladesh. The government seems to have paid no attention,” he said.
The PM vowed to fight terrorism “at all costs.” An ISIS group claimed responsibility for the attack via their media group Amaq.
John Kirby, State Department spokesman would not confirm that as yet (no surprise there), saying it was “too early to say who was involved or what the motivation might be.”
Clue: they shouted “allahu akbar,” and tortured those who couldn’t recite verses from the Qur’an. This is a typical moronic US statement.
The Bangladesh government has long denied that ISIS has a stronghold in their country.
As long as these so-called “leaders” especially American ones, refuse to call an Islamic terrorist Islamic, we are doomed to more attacks. We must confront our enemies, not continue to deny their existence.
And as a heads up, America, Ramadan ends on July 5. Their “Night of Power” falls on July 2 this year. July 4 is also in jeopardy. Stay alert, watchful, and be aware of your surroundings.
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 2, 2016
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 2, 2016