Bangladesh siege cafe cleared, 6 gunmen killed: Police

Rapid Action Battalion are seen as police stormed the Holey Artisan restaurant after gunmen took hostages on July 2 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. PHOTO: REUTERS

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh security forces ended a siege Saturday (July 2) at a cafe in Dhaka where dozens of diners were being held captive and shot dead six of the hostage-takers, officials said.

"The operation is over. The situation is completely under control," army spokesman Colonel Rashidul Hasan told AFP.

Tuhin Mohammad Masud, a commander of the elite Rapid Action Battalion which stormed the cafe, said there had been a number of casualties, including six hostage-takers.

"We have gunned down six of the terrorists. The main area that they have been occupying has been cleared," Masud told India's Times Now television channel.

He said 13 hostages have been rescued.

"Three of them are foreigners. Ten locals," Masud added.

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