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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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Bakar-Eid being celebrated

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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.

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