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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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Khalanga suspension bridge to remain closed for 48 hrs

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DARCHULA—The suspension bridge over Mahakali river linking Nepal and India will remain closed for 48 hours from 5:00 pm today due to elections in Pithoragarh, India.

According to Darchula District Administration Office, the district officer of Pithoragarh informed about the closure of the bridge located in Khalanga along the borders for 48 hours due to elections of the Dharchula Municipality Council in India.

The local level elections in Pithoragarh district of India is taking place on November 18.

Likewise, Chief District Officer of Darchula Khumkant Acharya said that agreement has been made to close the bridge for 48 hours citing security challenges.

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