No Indians in Dhaka restaurant hostage crisis, confirms MEA
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday confirmed that there are no Indians among those held hostage by gunmen in a restaurant in Dhaka.
New Delhi: The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday confirmed that there are no Indians among those held hostage by gunmen in a restaurant in Dhaka.
It further said that it is in touch with the Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka for the latest update on the crisis.
Several gunmen on Friday night entered an upmarket restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic zone and opened fire on Friday evening. Atleast four people, including two cops, have been wounded and 30-40 others have been taken as hostages, reports said.
Eyewitnesses said the 7-8 gunmen entered the Holey Artisan Bakery at around 9:15 pm local time and opened fire.
The Spanish restaurant in the Gulshan diplomatic zone is popular with expatriates and diplomats and is believed to have been packed with patrons when the gunmen barged in.
Reports added that there are many foreigners among the 30-40 people taken hostage.
Security forces have cordoned off the entire area and are trying to get in touch with the attackers to prevent any further bloodshed.
More details are awaited.