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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.

“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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Tourist arrivals jumped 73.5 percent in July

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KATHMANDU — Tourist arrivals to Nepal jumped 73.5 percent in the month of July, according to statistics released by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The NTB said that this increment is because of a sharp increase in the number of travellers from countries like India, China, the US and the UK. The growth in the numbers has also been attributed to Indian pilgrims visiting Mount Kailash Mansarovar in Tibet, via Nepal.

The statistics show that Nepal received a whopping 73,285 international tourists in July—a time of the year that is considered to be an off-season for tourists due to the monsoons. With July’s figures, the number of foreign tourists visiting Nepal in the first seven months (January–July) of 2018 reached 593,299, which is an increase of 18 percent as compared to the same period last year.

Total 18,385 Indian tourists visited Nepal via air transport, which is up 80.4 percent compared to the same period last year.

After India, Nepal received the highest number of visitors from China. The Chinese tourist numbers have more than doubled to 13,123 in the month of July. This is a 125.4 percent growth in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

Overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a growth of 66 percent, in comparison to the same month last year. However, arrivals from Bangladesh declined by nine percent. Arrivals from rest of the Asian countries have also recorded a robust growth of 86.2 percent.

Visitors from Japan and South Korea to Nepal also increased by 36 percent and 21.9 percent respectively.

Likewise, an overall increase of 54.1 percent in July has been recorded from European source markets. However, arrivals from Austria declined by 72.6 percent.

The number of visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 79.6 percent and 73.3 percent respectively.

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