Six armed men stormed into the Holey Artisan Bakery situated in a diplomatic area of Dhaka and killed 20 people, all foreigners. The gunmen were also killed at the end of the 11-hour siege and one was captured alive. Around 30 people were injured and 13 of the hostages rescued.
According to SITE Intel Group, the Islamic State has released names and pictures of the terrorists. All the attackers were students of Dhaka’s North South University. According to reports, they were in their early 20s and also seem to be from affluent families and went to good schools.
Terrorism monitoring group Terror Monitor also published the men’s photos and identified the attackers as Abu Omar, Abu Salmah, Abu Rahim, Abu Muslim and Abu Muharib al-Bengali.
On the other hand, Bangladesh Home Minister HM Asaduzamman told the media that the terrorists involved in the attack were members of a local group called Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). He also added that these local terrorists tried to contact ISIS.
Meanwhile, a survivor of the massacre recounted on Sunday, July 3 how he spent the night being literally sick with fear as he listened to the haunting screams of diners being hacked to death.
The employee at the Holey Artisan Bakery, a Western-style cafe in Dhaka’s upmarket Gulshan neighbourhood, said his life was spared by the gang of hostage-takers because he was a Muslim.
But speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity, he said he had doubted that he would ever emerge alive from the 11-hour ordeal which began at around 9pm on Friday night.
“They burst the restaurant firing their weapons and I could hear them
Source:: Linda Ikeji Blog