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Security Forces Respond to Hostage Crisis in Bangladesh

Gunmen stormed a restaurant in Dhaka, took hostages and engaged security forces in a gunbattle, killing at least four officers, on Friday.

Army soldiers patrol in a boat on a lake near the Holey Artisan restaurant after Islamist militants attacked the upscale cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 2. The twelve hour siege ended on Saturday with 20 killed and 13 hostages rescued. Reuters

Bangladeshi soldiers come out of the area housing the restaurant where heavily armed militants attacked security forces. Bangladeshi police launched an operation to free dozens of hostages in the early morning. All of the attackers were killed in the raid.

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Armored vehicles arrive after militants took hostages at a restaurant popular with foreigners in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 2. ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on July 1, where gunmen were holding hostages as police laid siege to the building. ISIS's claim has not been confirmed. AP
A security personnel reacts near the Holey Artisan restaurant. Mohammd Ponir Hossain / Reuters
Bangladeshi policemen stand guard in an area cordoned off after heavily armed militants struck at the heart of Bangladesh's diplomatic zone on Friday night. AP

An injured Bangladeshi policeman is assisted after an attack.

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A wounded man is helped near the scene of the attack. Khandaker Sumon / NurPhoto via Getty Images

Bangladeshi security forces stand guard as they seal off the streets on July 1. The law enforcement officials tried to negotiate with the gunmen.

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An relative of a person taken hostage talks to journalists.

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An injured police officer sits in a car after suffering wounds from a crude bomb blasted by suspected attackers.

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The perimeter of the hostage scene is cordoned off.

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A Bangladeshi security officer stands guard in the early hours of July 2.

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