Commandos storm foreigners’ restaurant in Dhaka as terrorists kill 20

Jul 2, 2016

By Saad Hammadi in Dhaka and Jon Boone in Islamabad

A 13-hour hostage crisis in the heart of Dhaka was brought to an end after commandos stormed a restaurant popular with expatriates that had been seized by Islamist gunmen.

Many of the 20 people killed by the group of seven militants in the Holey Artisan Bakery were foreigners who had been deliberately singled out and hacked to death with knives. Two policemen also died during the initial stages of the crisis.

The attack was claimed by Islamic State, which said the cafe was attacked because it was “frequented by foreigners”. A further 26 people were wounded by militant gunfire.

The scale and ambition of the assault marks a troubling new development for a country increasingly racked by murders of liberal bloggers and secularists by violent Islamists. The restaurant opened two years ago in the plush and heavily secured Gulshan diplomatic neighbourhood of the Bangladeshi capital, which is home to several embassies and an international school. With its large garden and Spanish cuisine it is a popular haunt for expats and well-healed Bangladeshis.

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3 comments on “Commandos storm foreigners’ restaurant in Dhaka as terrorists kill 20

  • The nuttery of those easily offended god-delusions, does seem to be reaching out like the tentacles of a cancer!

    A 32-year-old man has admitted murdering a Glasgow shopkeeper in a religiously motivated attack.

    Tanveer Ahmed, from Bradford in Yorkshire, attacked Asad Shah outside his store in the Shawlands area on 24 March. Mr Shah later died in hospital.

    The 40-year-old was stabbed after publishing hundreds of videos about his spiritual beliefs online.

    Mr Shah was an Ahmadiyya, a group known for its peaceful interfaith concerns. Ahmed said he had “disrespected” Islam.

    He pled guilty to the murder at a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow. Sentence was deferred until 9 August and Ahmed was remanded in custody.

    The judge, Lady Rae, said he would face a very lengthy period of imprisonment.

    She told Ahmed: “This was a truly despicable crime, motivated, it seems, by your sense of offence at a man’s expression of his religious beliefs, which differ from yours.

    “Let me be clear – there’s no justification whatsoever for what you did.”

    The court heard Ahmed, a cab driver, was in Glasgow a couple of days before the murder with a friend who knew Mr Shah and who showed Ahmed Mr Shah’s Facebook page.

    The shopkeeper had uploaded hundreds of videos about his spiritual beliefs to Facebook and YouTube, most of which were filmed behind the counter of his shop.

    The court was told Mr Shah had posted some videos which could be seen as him claiming that he was a prophet.

    Advocate deputy Iain McSporran, prosecuting, said: “The accused’s consistent and repeated account as to his motivation for murdering Asad Shah was that Shah claimed to be a prophet, which so offended his feelings and his faith that he had to kill him.”

    Ahmed, a Sunni Muslim, returned to Bradford but then drove to Glasgow on the day of the murder. On the journey, he watched online footage of Mr Shah and said: “Listen to this guy, something needs to be done, it needs nipped in the bud.”

    Yep! Another one of those “wrong sort of Muslim” with a different view to the Sunnis about Islam!

    Ahmadiyya Muslims are persecuted in many parts of the world and are banned by the constitution of Pakistan from referring to themselves as Muslims.

    Mr Shah was born in Rabwah, Pakistan, but moved to Scotland after he and his family were persecuted for their faith. They were granted asylum by the UK.

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