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Islamist militants kill 20 hostages in Bangladesh restaurant attack, 13 more rescued by commando raid

At least seven Islamic terrorists attacked an upscale restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of Bangladesh's capital Friday night, killing 20 people and taking more than a dozen others hostage before confronting authorities in a 10-hour long standoff. 
Early Saturday, a Bangladeshi commando raid supported by armored vehicles resulted in the deaths of at least six attackers and the capture of a seventh. Thirteen hostages were rescued. Two police officers were killed in an earlier gun battle with the militants.
The Islamic State (ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan area, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activity online. The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency posted photos purportedly showing the bodies of hostages, though their authenticity could not be immediately confirmed.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina condemned the attack in a nationally televised speech, vowing to fight militant attacks in the country and urging people to come forward with information.
"Anyone who believes in religion cannot do such [an] act," Hasina said. "They do not have any religion, their only religion is terrorism." READ MORE