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Gunmen stormed into the restaurant on Friday night, immediately taking dozens of hostages, including locals and foreigners. The suspects allegedly tortured those who were unable to recite passages from the Quran. Six of the gunmen were killed and another gunman was captured after troops forced their way into the upscale bakery.
Two police officers were killed and at least 30 people were injured during the standoff. At least 20 hostages were killed. Authorities have identified at least a dozen of the victims
As of this writing, little to no information has been released about the attackers or their motives.
Amaq, the outlet loosely associated with ISIS, promptly stated that the extremist group was responsible for the attack: “Islamic State commandos attack a restaurant frequented by foreigners in the city of Dhaka in Bangladesh,” the outlet reported.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina spoke out about the attack, which was the deadliest such incident in the country’s history:
We don’t want these terrorists in Bangladesh. This type of situation is a first in Bangladesh, until now they were committing individual murders. But now suddenly they created this type of situation. What they did here was a very heinous act.
Extremist fighters have taken to social media to voice their support of the attack, releasing additional statements regarding ISIS’s involvement. It’s unclear what motivated the attack.
A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.