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Gunmen take hostages at restaurant in Dhaka

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DHAKA — Bangladeshi security forces including commandos stormed a Dhaka restaurant where Islamist gunmen were holding around 20 people hostage.

The operation came over 10 hours after the shooters entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Bangladeshi capital’s strategic zone and took individuals prisoner.

A few witnesses said up to nine shooters raged the building.

Two officers were slaughtered in the firefight and around 15 individuals were harmed. Three individuals, including two cops, were genuinely harmed.

Mohammed Suhrawardy, a representative who lives close-by told the Daily Star daily paper his family heard shouts of “Allahu Akbar” — signifying “God is the Greatest — trailed by a few uproarious impacts.

“Police promptly raced to the spot and let go back. An obscure number of individuals are still inside however we can’t affirm whether they are held prisoner,” Gulshan region cop Sayedur Rahman said.

Bangladeshi police said “no less than a few” were remote nationals, however their nationalities are obscure.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said no Australian nationals were among the prisoners in bistro, which is around 800 meters from the Australian High Commission and close other remote international safe havens.

In an announcement, the Department said the Australian High Commission in Dhaka stayed in close contact with nearby powers.

Bangladesh counter-fear police said they were attempting to converse with the shooters.

An announcement on the Islamic State gathering’s news office Amaq said activists had assaulted an eatery “frequented by nonnatives”.

The US State Department said it gave off an impression of being a prisoner circumstance, and a senior Bangladeshi government official affirmed there were a few people inside the eatery.

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“I heard that one Italian national who works at the eatery and a few other individuals were still inside the eatery,” the official, who wished to stay mysterious, said

The leader of Bangladesh’s tip top security power Benazir Ahmed said powers were attempting to determine the episode gently.

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Oli, Dahal hold discussion on party unification and govt expansion

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KATHMANDU — Prime Minister and CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli held talks with CPN-MC Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ at the former’s residence in Balkot today.

During the meeting that lasted for around 1.5 hours, matters relating to the unification between the two parties and the CPN-MC’s participation in the government were discussed.

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In his comments following the meeting, Maoist Chair Prachanda said the talks in regards to the unification were held positively and efforts are on to announce the unification soon.

The Prime Minister’s press coordinator Chetan Adhikari said the two chairs met on the eve of the meeting of the party unification coordination committee scheduled for tomorrow.

The PUCC meeting tomorrow will discuss the issue of party unity and government participation at length, and two chairs discussed the same matter today.

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