Two Sri Lankans believed to be among hostages held in Dhaka

636029954669946386-GTY-544171436At least two Sri Lankans were suspected to be among the 20 foreigners held hostage by ISIS militants in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha de Silva said that he was informed by State Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene that there were reports two Sri Lankans were among the hostages inside the restaurant in Dhaka.

“We are urgently looking in to it. Our Deputy Cheif of Mission in Dhaka is in touch with the Police regarding the two individuals suspected to be among the hostages in the cafe,” he said.

The gunmen stormed the restaurant in Bangladesh capital Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave Gulshan on Friday night.

“Salahuddin Khan, officer-in-charge of Banani police station in capital Dhaka, was shot dead as the gunmen opened fire at the law enforcers shortly after taking hostages at the Spanish restaurant,” a police official told Xinhua.

The official who did not like to be named said around midnight, another senior officer named Robiul succumbed to the injuries he sustained during the fire exchange.

At least 40 people including two more senior police officials were injured in the incident.

Dozens of people including several foreign nationals were believed to be held hostage after police exchanged fire with the group of criminals. (Colombo Gazette)