Los heridos pasan de los 40 y se esperan más muertos

Dos muertos y 26 heridos en ataque contra restaurante en Bangladesh(Español/English + fotos+ video)

Efectivos del ejército y policías se desplegaron por las calles del centro de Dacca para controlar la situación
Efectivos del ejército y policías se desplegaron por las calles del centro de Dacca para controlar la situación

Miraz Ul Islam, gerente del United Hospital, declaró que dos personas han muerto y otras 26 han resultado heridas en un ataque de varios hombres armados contra un restaurante frecuentado por extranjeros de la zona diplomática de Dacca, que continúa con la toma de rehenes y ha sido reivindicado por el Estado Islámico (EI).

“Han llegado 28 heridos y dos de ellos han muerto”, dijo Ul Islam. El hospital, situado en el barrio acomodado de Gulshan, donde se produce el ataque, ha recibido gran parte de las víctimas, en su mayoría policías según medios locales.

Según fuentes policiales citadas por el diario local The Daily Star, los dos fallecidos son mandos policiales.

“Esto es un caos. Están llegando muchos policías heridos de bala en brazos, abdomen, piernas (…) Alguno incluso tenía quemaduras. También hay algunos civiles heridos”, detalló a EFE desde el hospital un empresario español residente en Dacca, de nombre Javier.

El objetivo del ataque es Holey Artisan Bakery-O’Kitchen, un restaurante con panadería más conocido simplemente como Holey y especializado en cocina mediterránea cuyos chefs son dos argentinos.

Los heridos pasan de los 40 y se esperan más muertos
Los heridos pasan de los 40 y se esperan más muertos

Las embajadas de España y Estados Unidos en Bangladesh han difundido mensajes a través de redes sociales para advertir a sus nacionales de que eviten la zona, situada en el área diplomática de Gulshan de la capital bangladeshí.

“Ante la incertidumbre que rodea a los acontecimientos violentos, posiblemente de naturaleza terrorista, que están sucediendo en y en torno al restaurante Holey Bakery en la calle 79 de Gulshan 2, se insta a los españoles a evitar la zona”, alertó la delegación diplomática española en Facebook.  (Agencias)

English

Gunmen take hostages in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka

Gunmen have stormed a popular cafe in the diplomatic area of the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, taking a number of hostages, officials say.

Several foreigners are among those being held by eight or nine armed men in the city’s Gulshan district, they add.

Two police officers have been killed in a gun battle, a spokesman said, and about 30 others injured.

So-called Islamic State has said it carried out the attack.

A statement on the group’s self-styled news agency Amaq said militants had attacked a restaurant “frequented by foreigners”. It said that more than 20 people “of different nationalities” had been killed but this has not been confirmed.

A Dhaka hospital said about 30 police officers had been injured
A Dhaka hospital said about 30 police officers had been injured

Security forces say they are trying to negotiate the hostages’ release.

Initial reports said that as many as 20 foreigners were among those taken captive.

Italian nationals are believed to be among them, a source at the Italian foreign ministry said, quoted by Reuters.

“We want to resolve this peacefully. We are trying to talk to the attackers,” said Benazir Ahmed, chief of the Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladesh’s elite police force.

“Our first priority is to save the lives of the people trapped inside.”

Gunmen take hostages in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka

Police said the gunmen burst into the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe at about 21:20 (13:20 GMT) and opened fire.

The cafe is described as being popular with expatriates, diplomats and middle-class families.

Media reports quoted witnesses as saying that “Allahu Akbar”, meaning “God is greatest”, was heard as the attack took place.

An eyewitness said she heard a loud noise, followed by continuous gunfire.

“The glass of my drawing room shattered,” Rashila Rahim said.

“My auntie, her daughter and two friends went there for Iftar (breaking of the Ramadan fasting) and they have not come back. We cannot even check where they are.”

Another local resident, Tarique Mir, said he could hear sporadic gunfire nearly three hours after the attack began.

“It is chaos out there. The streets are blocked. There are dozens of police commandos,” he said.

BBC South Asia editor Jill McGivering says that although high-profile gun attacks are rare in Bangladesh, the latest incident follows a series of murders widely blamed on Islamist extremists.  (BBC.News)

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