Dhaka: On the pattern of Mumbai terrorists attack near about 18 persons have been killed and several other persons were rescued as Bangladesh forces on Saturday exchanged gun fire to free up to 40 hostages taken by about eight gunmen who attacked a restaurant in Dhaka.
According to Xinhua reports, the attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS) militant group, on Friday the gunmen took up to 40 hostages and killed several police officials in a Dhaka cafe.
The operation started by the Bangaladeshi Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to free hostages taken by militants.
Police officials said: “Efforts to negotiate a peaceful end to the crises and later we have started a raid at cafe”.
Naval commandos were called in to join the special operation conducted by the Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh, the officials said.
According to officials, the Bangladesh army has also been mobilized.
On Saturday morning after hours of silence, a fresh round of heavy gunfire took place; an eye witness told media persons.
The director of Holey Aritsen Bakery, Fayad Munaim said that he hears the sound of firing shots which lasted about 10 minutes.
A source at the scene side said, the attackers threw explosive as the police exchanged fire with the gunmen.
For now, the IS group claimed that its gunman killed 24 people and injured around 40 others in the attack late on Friday.
Near about seven Italian nationals and an unknown number of Japanese are thought to be taken among the hostages in the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant, which is popular with foreigners.