Gunfire in diplomatic enclave in Dhaka, and hostage situation, several foreigners trapped


Unidentified attackers tonight traded gunfire with police near a restaurant in high-security Gulshan diplomatic area in the Bangladesh capital where several people, including foreigners, are believed to be trapped.

According to police, about five armed men entered Holey Artisan Bakery, a restaurant popular with foreigners, and opened gunfire around 9:20 PM (local time).

According to BBC, three people, including two police officers, have been wounded after gunmen stormed a cafe in the Gulshan district, police say.

The Dhaka Tribune said at least 20 civilians had been taken hostage, but this was not confirmed.

Police and security forces have sealed off the area.

“Unknown number of people are still inside but we cannot confirm whether they are held hostage,” Police officer Sayedur Rahman told AFP news agency.

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Latest updates

Bangladesh TV channels have stopped broadcasting live from hostage situation after Rapid Action Battalion requested to stop: Media reports

– Too early to say who is involved or motivation for hostage situation in Dhaka: U.S. State dept. spokesman — Reuters

– Reuters reports that the hostage situation in Dhaka is ‘still fluid’, all U.S. citizens working under chief of mission accounted for: U.S. state dept

– Several foreigners are feared to have been taken hostages inside the restaurant, police said.

Reports of shooting and hostage situation in Gulshan 2, Dhaka. Please shelter in place and monitor news.

– A kitchen staff of the bakery, who managed to escape, said several armed men entered the restaurant around 8:45 PM and took the chief chef hostage, local media reported. “They set off several crude bombs triggering panic,” he added.