The restaurant owner, Sumon Reza, told CNN that between six and eight gunmen came in. He managed to escape. Bangladesh’s Daily Star adds that Reza said the attackers “came armed with pistols, swords and bombs” and “blasted several crude bombs causing wide-scale panic among everyone.” He said, “They shouted Allah hu Akbar before blasting the bombs.”
The Daily Star reports that at least 30 people have been injured, and says, citing diplomatic sources, there could be 20-30 hostages.
One resident, Tarique Mir, told Reuters that he still heard occasional gunfire three hours after the attack began.
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“It is chaos out there. The streets are blocked. There are dozens of police commandos,” he said.
Security official Fazle-e-Elahi told NBC News, “Suspects are extremist militants from an unidentified group,” and “are heavily armed and equipped.” Ahmed told reporters it was “Some derailed youths” who launched the attack.
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