The two Sri Lankans, among about 20 civilian hostages held by gunmen in Dhaka have been rescued, the Sri Lanka Mission in Dhaka confirms. They are unharmed.
Attackers traded gunfire with police last night near the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in the high-security Gulshan diplomatic area in the Bangladesh capital, Dhaka.
Two police officers were killed in the gun battle. The Islamic State (IS) has laid claim to the attack.
According to the media reports in Dhaka, the Security forces have launched an offensive to end an unprecedented hostage crisis at a restaurant in the diplomatic zone of Bangladesh capital, Dhaka, this morning.
Gunshots and heavy sound of explosion were heard as a concerted operation at Holey Artisan Bakery on Road No. 79 in Gulshan began at 7:40am, our correspondents covering the event reported.
“Law enforcers have rescued 13 people,” Tuhin Md Masud, commanding officer of Rapid Action Battalion-1, told journalists.