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Bangladesh Hostage Crisis: What Happened And Why

Bangladeshi troops have stormed a cafe popular with foreigners in the diplomatic zone of the capital Dhaka after suspected Islamist militants took dozens of diners hostage. The siege ended on today morning with six gunmen killed, 13 hostages freed and several casualties.

Here's what we know so far:

What Happened?

Gunmen burst into a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka around 9:20pm on Friday night, as people were eating dinner. As a massive firefight broke out with police, the gunmen took up to 40 hostages, including many foreigners. Two police officers died in the gunfight. Following a 10-hour stand-off, heavily armed commandos stormed the restaurant today morning, freeing several hostages.

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