Hostage crisis leaves 28 dead in Bangladesh diplomatic zone

by Associated Press  |  published on July 3, 2016

The hostages were given a test: recite verses from the Quran, or be punished, according to a witness. Those who passed were allowed to eat. Those who failed were slain.

The dramatic, 10-hour hostage crisis that gripped the Bangladesh’s diplomatic zone ended Saturday morning with at least 28 dead, including six of the attackers, as commandos raided the popular restaurant where heavily armed attackers were holding dozens of foreigners and Bangladeshis prisoner while hurling bombs and engaging in a gunbattle with security forces.

The attack marks an escalation in militant violence that has hit the traditionally moderate Muslim-majority nation with increasing frequency in recent months, with the extremists demanding the secular government revert to Islamic rule. Most previous attacks have involved machete-wielding men singling out individual activists, foreigners and religious minorities.

But Friday night’s attack was different, more coordinated, with the attackers brandishing assault rifles as they shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is Great) and stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area while dozens of foreigners and Bangladeshis were dining out during the Ramadan holy month.

  • barbarakelly

    When is someone going to take his damn pen and tap his mouth shut and remove him for good. Its almost ever damn day he comes up with a new plan ti keep wanting to destroy us. Watch out for the 4th for sure –he does his worst deeds on our holidays. He’s got something planned in the wings-trust me. When we look one way –he is doing something behind our backs. Then he tells us he will be serving hot dogs to our military and such –trying to act all good and what not. —yeah right.

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  • SDofAZ

    I hope that this is one nation with a take away lesson. Moslimes are not nice and they are certainly not tolerant. We in this nation already know that but the moslime in charge and the dem lemmings are not listening. But we can vote his dem lemmings and enabling rinos out of office. Sic em. Pelosi in CA, Rat Ryan in WI and McCain here in AZ all gotta go this year. All are running for reelection, vote em out. Well on our way to being rid of McCain. Heaven help the new replacement if they do what McCain and Flakey did. Flakey is going in 2018. Traitor from his first action after his win in 2012. Backed the Gang of Eight abomination bill BO wanted in the senate. Had it not been for the house it would have passed. He and McCain both supported it even though constituents were screaming NO. Since then we have had NO TOWN HALLS with either of them except for some sneaky in house with businesses who favor them and likely have illegals working for them! Snakes both of them! He is out in one term. Looking for his replacement and Ward is McCain’s replacement. Vote em out, turn em over. Rid DC of the trash.

    • MyronJPoltroonian

      “dem lemmings”, hmm? I smell a “Conjugational Contraction” here: “D’lemmings”, a.k.a: the “D’lemmings Party”.

  • 7papa7

    Once again we see obama’s religion of peace in action.

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