Bangladeshi army personnel stand guard during a rescue operation after an attack at a restaurant in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave Gulshan. (Photo: IANS)
All attackers in the assault on a cafe in Bangladesh capital Dhaka in which Islamic State terrorists slaughtered 20 civilians, mostly foreigners, including an Indian, were country’s citizens and five of them were wanted by police.
According to ‘CNN’ report, police had tried to arrest these five militants previously.
Officials also released the nationalities of the 20 hostages who were found dead inside the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe after Bangladeshi troops stormed the cafe early Saturday morning, ending an overnight siege.
As per country's Joint Force Command, nine of the victims were Italian, seven were Japanese, one was from India, two were Bangladeshi and one was a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin. Eleven of the victims were male and nine were female.
Two police officers were also killed in a gunfire exchange earlier in the standoff, authorities said.
Security forces rescued 13 hostages and killed six gunmen on Saturday morning, ending the nation's worst hostage crisis, being termed as Bangladesh's '7/16'.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called a two-day state mourning for the victims, who included nine Italians, seven Japanese, three Bangladeshis and an Indian teenager, at the Holey Artisan café in the diplomatic area of Gulshan in Dhaka.
One of the gunmen, injured in the shootout, was captured, while 13 hostages were rescued at the end of the 12-hour siege. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have condemned the attack.