U.S. Embassy in Dhaka Tells People to Shelter in Place

U.S. Embassy in Bangladesh Orders People to Shelter in Place Amid Hostage Situation

July 1, 2016 1:31 pm

Source: U.S. Embassy in Dhaka Tells People to Shelter in Place

Gunmen stormed a restaurant frequented by foreigners in the diplomatic zone of Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Friday and took hostages, according to local reports.

Police engaged in a firefight with the attackers at the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe. The U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, issued a shelter in place order to individuals in the area.

The Dhaka Tribune reported that at least 20 civilians, most of them foreigners, had been taken hostage inside the restaurant in Dhaka.

According to CNN, police officers in Dhaka engaged in a shootout with an unknown number of attackers at a restaurant. A police officer said that an unknown number of individuals were trapped inside.

The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs wrote on Twitter that a hostage situation was taking place at the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in the diplomatic enclave. The department directed individuals to monitor local news reports.

A police officer who spoke to AFP could not confirm reports that the individuals had been taken hostage.

“Unknown number of people are still inside but we cannot confirm whether they are held hostage,” said police officer Sayedur Rahman.

The attackers were said to be throwing grenades at police officers. Three individuals, including two police officers, had been wounded in the gunfire, BBC reported.

A witness who works at the bakery and who escaped the attack told the Dhaka Tribune that 20 people, all of them foreigners, were inside when two attackers entered with small firearms. He reported that the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” when entering the bakery. These reports have not been confirmed.

This post will be updated as further information becomes available.

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