Gunmen have attacked a restaurant in the diplomatic quarter of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka on Friday, according to police and witness reports. At least one policeman has reportedly died, and dozens of people are being held hostage.

There are “reports of shooting and hostage situation,” the US embassy in Bangladesh has tweeted.

Bangladeshi police exchanged fire with armed men at a Dhaka restaurant popular with foreigners, Reuters reported.

At least 20 people, most of them foreigners, have been taken hostage, according to local media citing witnesses. Several policemen have been injured. One of them later died of his wounds, a top official at Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) confirmed.

Bangladesh’s authorities are trying to persuade the attackers to release the hostages, the Times of India reports… see more

source: RT