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Dhaka hostage crisis ends; 6 gunmen killed,13 hostages rescued

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DHAKA — Bangladesh security forces ended an attack on Saturday at a cafe in Dhaka where dozens of diners were being held captive and shot dead six of the hostage-takers, officials said.

“The operation is over. The situation is completely under control,” Army spokesman Colonel Rashidul Hasan told AFP. Meanwhile, Tuhin Mohammad Masud, a commander of the elite Rapid Action Battalion which stormed the cafe, told Times Now channel that there had been a number of casualties, including six hostage-takers. ”

In an attack reportedly claimed by the Islamic State militant group, the gunmen late on Friday took up to 40 hostages and killed several police officials in a cafe in Dhaka, Xinhua news agency reported.

Islamic State posted photos of what it said were dead foreigners killed in the assault on the cafe.

The attackers entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s diplomatic quarter and opened fire about 9:20pm on Friday (local time), police said.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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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”.

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