DEVELOPING STORY: ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack currently underway in Danca, Bangladesh Friday, where up to nine jihadists have stormed into a popular restaurant normally frequented by foreigners.
The attackers were shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they burst into the restaurant and bakery, setting off bombs and taking hostages. The attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery occurred around 9:20 p.m. local time.
Officials reported that the attackers were holding customers and staff hostage, and that at least two police officers had been killed.
The owner of the restaurant, Sumon Reza, was able to escape, and said about 20 people, some of them foreigners, are being held hostage inside. About 40 people are reported wounded, some from gunshot wounds, and others from the explosives that were set off.
According to the U.S. State Department, all Americans working at the U.S. mission are accounted for.
A witness told CNN that the restaurant is also popular with young people, and would’ve been packed that time of day, as people are just breaking their fast from Ramadan. About 89% of people in Bangladesh are Muslim. Ramadan ends July 5.
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