Dhaka Attack: Police denies delay in rescue operation

RSTV Bureau
Bangladeshi security personnel cordon off the area after a group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016.

Bangladeshi security personnel cordon off the area after a group of gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in a diplomatic zone of the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, July 1, 2016.

The terrorists, who carried out Bangladesh’s terror worst attack at a cafe here, had slaughtered all the 20 hostages within 20 minutes of the brazen assault, a top police official said today.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque also rejected allegations by the media that police delayed the rescue operation.

“Many media are reporting that we had delayed the rescue mission but we did not. We completed the mission within 12 hours while countries like Kenya took four days to fight similar incident at one of their shopping malls.”

“The gunmen had killed the hostages within 20 minutes of the attack,” he said.

The so called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the killing of the 20 hostages and two police officers during the 12-hour siege that ended after the army stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery popular with expats in the diplomatic zone here, killing six attackers and capturing one alive.

Hostages who were killed include 19-year-old Indian girl Tarishi Jain. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, one American of Bangladeshi origin, and two Bangladeshis were also among the people who were killed.

(With input from agencies).