A group of up to nine attackers set off bombs and took hostages while shouting “Allahu Akbar” inside a restaurant frequented by both locals and foreigners in a diplomatic zone in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka, local media reported.
UPDATE: The terrorist group ISIS has claimed credit for the attack, according to the SITE Intelligence Group
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FOX News Bangladesh TV stations reported that the attackers entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area around 9:20 p.m. Friday and were holding customers and staff hostage.
The exact number of hostages was not known. While some reports said there could be up to 60, others put the figure lower.
The TV reports said the identities of the attackers were not immediately known. Officers are negotiating with the attackers, while working on a plan to get into the premises, said Benjir Ahmed, the chief of Bangladesh’s special police force.
UPDATE: Pro-ISIS twitter account threatens attacks at London Heathrow, Los Angeles and New York´s JFK airports on July 4 weekend.
UK Daily Mail A pro-ISIS twitter account has threatened attacks at London Heathrow, LAX and New York’s JFK airports over the July 4 holiday weekend. The account said that attacks would be carried out on planes ‘flying from Heathrow [Airport] to the US’ and warned that ‘there will be a device placed in either Heathrow, LAX or JFK airports.’