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Bangladesh hostage crisis ends: police

dpadpa 1/07/2016

The hostage crisis in a cafe in the Bangladesh capital has ended, with up to six attackers dead, police say.

A hostage crisis has ended after commandos stormed a restaurant in Bangladesh's capital and killed six terrorists following a 10-hour stand-off.

In a television broadcast on Saturday, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said 13 hostages has been rescued from the cafe, but some had been killed.

She said six gunmen had also been killed and one had been captured alive.

Japan said one of its citizens had been wounded but seven others who had been eating together in the cafe were unaccounted for.

Police officer Hafizur Rahman said the operation ended within an hour after the troopers burst into the building in Dhaka's diplomatic district to rescue the victims on Saturday.

Gunshots and two loud explosions were heard.

Lieutenant Colonel Masood of the Rapid Action Battalion told India's Times Now TV channel that he believed between six and 10 gunmen had stormed the restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic area on Friday.

"We have gunned down six. We are searching the area around," Masood said.

Rahman said 12 people including foreigners were rescued alive and sent to hospital for treatment. But he said he was unable to give an exact figure of casualties.

The military was preparing to give an official briefing soon.

Earlier reports said there were nearly two dozen hostages held by about eight to 10 attackers who took the cafe Friday night.

The gunmen entered the Holey Artisan Bakery about 8.45pm as customers were eating in the upscale Gulshan area.

The attackers killed two police officers in an initial exchange of gunfire.

Authorities said another 25 officers and one civilian were being treated for injuries, including 10 people listed in critical condition. The injuries include bullet wounds and broken bones, they said.

A tense stand-off carried into early morning as attempts to negotiate a solution failed.

More than 100 commandos then began a co-ordinated response on Saturday morning in an attempt to free those trapped inside.

The foreign hostages included Italians, diplomats said.

An online media outfit allied with the Islamic State organisation reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

A news agency affiliated with IS also posted images allegedly showing bodies of hostages lying in pools of blood inside the restaurant.

Other reports said American officials suspected al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent, which the US declared a terrorist group the day before.

Thousands of alleged radical militants had been arrested in Bangladesh in recent weeks, local media reported.

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