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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.

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.


Background: Rana Plaza factory collapse

More than 1,100 people werekilled and more than 2,500 injured after the eight-storey Rana Plaza factory building near Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed on 24th April last year.

More than 1,100 people were killed after the Rana Plaza factory collapsed. Credit: Reuters

A government investigation found that poor quality construction materials and building code violations were among the "series of irregularities" that caused the collapse inthe factory which was linked to several high street names in the UK.

A firefighter tries to control a fire at a garment factory in Savar, outskirts of Dhaka. Credit: Reuters

At least 112 people were killed when a fire swept through a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital in November last year.

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Fire door padlocked shut in Bangladesh garment factory

One of the undercover workers filming in a factory in Bangladesh finds that the fire exit on her floor is padlocked.

The following morning 'Laboni' finds the door still locked: "Look this is locked. If this factory were to catch fire then will we be able to escape?"

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This is a particular worry after at least 112 people were killed when a fire swept through the Tazreen garment factory in Dhaka.

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