Dhaka terror attack: One Indian national killed, confirms Sushma Swaraj

An Indian national is among at least twenty foreign nationals killed in the terror attack in Dhaka in Bangladesh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier, CNN-News18 had reported that three Indians were untraceable after the attack.

Twenty foreigners were brutally murdered with sharp weapons by Islamic State militants inside a restaurant popular with expatriates here in the high-security diplomatic zone before elite commandos stormed the cafe and killed them, ending Bangladesh's worst hostage crisis.

Director of Military Operations Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury said the militants slaughtered 20 hostages before the joint operation led by the armed forces began. Most of those killed were found with their throat slit, he added.

He said the bodies of the victims were recovered during a search in the Holey Artisan Bakery compound after the operation. The bodies were shifted to the Combined Military Hospital morgue for autopsy to confirm their identity.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said around 30 people were injured in the attack.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack through its Amaq news agency, nearly four hours after the hostage crisis unfolded, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence group, which monitors jihadist activity online.

It later issued a number of photographs of what it said were scenes from inside the restaurant. The pictures showed what appeared to be a number of bodies lying in pools of blood.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jul 02, 2016 16:22:31 IST

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