Dhaka, July 2 (IANS) Five persons, including three Bangladeshi policemen and two Italians were killed, and 50 people injured, after about eight to nine gunmen, attacked a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital late Friday.
The gunmen have also reportedly taken between 20 and 40 hostages.
At least four injured police officials were injured after police exchanged fire with the gunmen attacked the restaurant popular with foreigners.
DMP Additional Commissioner Sheikh Maruf Hasan confirmed that one of the policeman injured during fire exchange was dead. He said the officer was declared dead by doctors at United Hospital in Gulshan.
“Banani Police Station officer in-charge Md Salauddin has died from injuries he received in an attack by gunmen on a restaurant at Dhaka’s diplomatic zone Gulshan,” a report in bdnews24.com said.
Security forces have not yet entered the premisis of the restaurant, known as the Holy Artisan Bakery but are planning a rescue operation shortly, Bangladeshi news website RT.com reported late Friday.
“Bangladesh plans to start operation soon to rescue hostages from Dhaka restaurant, held by 8-9 gunmen,” a police officer was quoted as saying.
No group has taken the responsibility of the attack yet. –IANS sku/