The ISIS attacked the Bangalesh Capital Dhaka on Friday at a Popular restaurant. that left at least two police officers dead. The militants’ Amaq News Agency said 20 people were killed in the operation at the Holey Artisan Bakery in the city’s upscale diplomatic zone, according to SITE intelligency group a U.S.-based organization that monitors extremist activity online. The death toll could not be immediately confirmed.
Friday’s attack comes the same day as the Islamic State said one of its operatives was behind the hacking death of a Hindu temple worker earlier Friday, in the latest in a series of grisly killings that have rattled the country in the past few years. The group also claimed it killed a Buddhist on Friday, SITE reported. At least two police officers were killed at Holey Artisan Bakery after some nine gunmen burst into the bakery that adjoins the O’Kitchen restaurant late Friday and took at least 20 people hostage, according to local media and police.
“Some derailed youths have entered the restaurant and launched the attack,” Benazir Ahmed, the head of the elite anti-crime force, Rapid Action Battalion, or RAB, told reporters. “We have talked to some of the people who fled the restaurant after the attack. We want to resolve this peacefully. We are trying to talk to the attackers, we want to listen to them about what they want.”