Two Sri Lankans taken hostage in Bangladesh restaurant rescued

577705e53f2c5.imageThe two Sri Lankans who were among 20 foreigners held hostage by militants in Dhaka, Bangladesh have been rescued.

Bangladesh security forces ended an intense standoff where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage at a restaurant Saturday morning, killing at least six gunman and rescuing 13 hostages after security forces cleared the main restaurant, according to multiple media reports.

About 35 people were reportedly taken hostage, including about 20 foreigners, when gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery at the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka, a popular diplomatic zone, Friday night. Japan’s government claim 12 people were rescued.

Lt. Col. Tuhin Mohammad Masud, commander of the Rapid Action Battalion, told the Associated Press that security forces gunned down six terrorists and confirmed the main building was cleared after the raid. The operation, according to Masud, is still ongoing.

Masud said there were casualties among other hostages, but did not provide details. (Colombo Gazette)