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.
Bakar-Eid being celebrated
POKHARA — The Muslim people people are celebrating their grand festival, Bakar Eid, with much fanfare today.
The festival which is to be continued for three days from today is also known as ‘Eid-Ul-Juha’. The Muslim community considers this as a festival of devotion.
Ali Miya Literary Foundation, Pokhara Chairperson and religious preacher Hanif Miya informed that the festival marked the beginning with the recitation of Islam scripture Nawaz at Idgaha of Pokhara in the early morning today.
The Muslim people who are almost 10,000 in number in Pokhara alone are marking the festival with much excitement, he added.
The Muslims visit the mosques, offer prayers to Allah, perform the Namaj prayers and exchange greetings each others on the occasion.Follow @gorkhapost