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.
PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team
KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.
PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.
Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.