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20 foreigners killed with sharp weapons in Dhaka hostage siege

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DHAKA — Armed militants have killed 20foreigners in the wake of taking them hostage in a Bangladesh cafe, with many of the victims hacked to death before police stormed the building rescuing 13 others, officials say.

“We`ve recovered 20 bodies. Most them had been brutally hacked to death with sharp weapons,” Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury tells reporters in Dhaka, without giving the nationality of the victims.

Thirteen survivors were rescued at the end of the siege in an upmarket neighbourhood of the capital Dhaka, including three foreigners. “Three of those who were rescued were foreigners, including one Japanese and two Sri Lankans,” says Brigadier Chowdhury.

“Most of [the hostages] were killed mercilessly by sharp weapons last night,” before the siege began, Brigadier Chowdhury said.

Six gunmen were also killed during the police operation and one was captured, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said in a TV broadcast.

The army concluded an operation to clear the cafe on Saturday after a 12-hour siege that began when gunmen stormed the restaurant on Friday, which was popular with foreigners.

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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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