DHAKA: Armed militants killed 20 civilians after taking them hostage in a Bangladesh cafe overnight and many of the victims were hacked to death, an army spokesman said on Saturday.
“We´ve recovered 20 bodies. Most them had been brutally hacked to death with sharp weapons,” Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury told reporters in Dhaka, without giving the nationality of the victims.
Thirteen survivors were also rescued at the end of the siege in an upmarket neighbourhood of the capital Dhaka, including three foreigners.
“Three of those who were rescued were foreigners, including one Japanese and two Sri Lankans,” said the spokesman.
Officials had earlier said that six gunmen were killed when security forces stormed the cafe on Saturday morning while two police officers were slain in a firefight that erupted at the beginning of the siege on Friday night.
Earlier in a televised speech the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she was determined to eradicate terrorism in Bangladesh Saturday after security forces stormed a cafe where Islamist extremists had taken dozens of diners hostage.
“It was an extremely heinous act. What kind of Muslims are these people? They don´t have any religion,” she said.
“People must resist these terrorists. My government is determined to root out terrorism and militancy from Bangladesh.”