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Police may have shot hostage 'by mistake' in Dhaka attack

Bangladesh police have said security forces may have mistakenly shot dead a hostage during the Dhaka restaurant attack, believing he was an attacker.

Saiful Islam, a senior police official in Dhaka, said Saiful Islam Chowkidar, a pizza maker at the Holey Artisan restaurant, was among six men who were killed when officers stormed the eatery to end a 12-hour siege.

Security personnel kept watch after gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan restaurant. Credit: Reuters

Twenty people, mostly foreigners, were killed when militants attacked the popular restaurant in the capital city on Friday night.

During the attack, which has been claimed by the so-called Islamic State militant group, several gunmen took a number of hostages, and reportedly tortured and killed those who could not recite verses from the Qu'ran.

Thirteen hostages were saved after police launched a rescue operation.

Police had tried to arrest five of cafe gunmen before attack

Tributes are left to the victims of the attack. Credit: Reuters

Authorities in Bangladesh had previously tried to arrest five of the gunmen involved in the Dhaka cafe attack.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Shahidur Rahman said that the attackers were mostly educated and from well-off families.

The 12 hour siege ended with police killing six of the gunmen. A seventh man was arrested, but authorities said that he is only a suspect and they are not sure of his role in the attack.


Bangladesh: Islamic State had no role in cafe attack

Police patrol near the Holey Artisan Bakery. Credit: Reuters

Bangladesh's home minister has denied that so-called Islamic State had any role in the deadly cafe attack.

Asaduzzaman Khan also dismissed the involvement of al Qaeda, saying that the gunmen were home-grown militants.

Mr Khan added that the gunmen in the attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery had made no demands when police had asked their intentions.

Three of the six gunmen killed were under the age of 22, he said, and added that they had been missing for six months.

Cafe hostages who failed Qu'ran test 'tortured and killed'

Army soldiers patrol near the Holey Artisan Bakery. Credit: Reuters

Hostages in the Bangladesh cafe who were unable to recite verses from the Qu'ran were reportedly tortured and killed, while those who could were spared.

The 10-hour siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery in the country's capital Dhaka, ended with 20 hostages and two Bangladeshi police officers dead. Six of the attackers were also killed.

The gunmen asked everyone inside to recite from the Qu'ran. Those who recited were spared. The gunmen even gave them meals last night.

– Rezaul Karim reported what his Bangladeshi businessman son, who was rescued from the siege, told him

Those who could not recite from the Qu'ran "were tortured", Mr Karim added.

Authorities are currently interrogating one of the attackers who was captured by commandos during the rescue.

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