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Bangladesh Hostage Standoff Ends, All Attackers Dead: Police

People familiar with the area said the restaurant is popular among foreigners



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    Bangladeshi police stand guard outside the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe, during a hostage siege by armed gunmen in Dhaka, Bangladesh on July 02, 2016.

    Bangladeshi security forces on Saturday stormed a restaurant where gunmen took what was feared to be dozens of hostages the night before. Police said all the attackers were killed in the raid, NBC News reported.

    Local media reported that gunfire and explosions were heard at around 7:40 a.m. local time (9:40 p.m. Friday ET) in the diplomatic district of the nation's capital of Dhaka, where the attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery occurred Friday night.

    Police near the scene confirmed to NBC News Saturday morning the operation was over, and according to police Rapid Action Battalion personnel on the scene all the attackers have been killed.

    Seven or eight attackers with guns and bombs attacked the bakery in Dhaka's Gulshan district, described as popular with foreigners, at around 9:20 p.m. Friday local time (11:20 a.m. ET), a senior police official had said earlier.

    The ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency reported that ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, according to the terror research firms Flashpoint Intelligence and Site Intelligence Group. The claim has not been confirmed.