July 2, 2016 / 7:56 AM / 4 years ago

Bangladesh army says 26 killed in Dhaka cafe, most by sharp weapons

A wounded police personnel is helped by a colleague, after gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan restaurant and took hostages, in the Gulshan area of Dhaka, Bangladesh July 1, 2016. Courtesy of Dhaka Tribune/Mahmud Hossain Opu/via REUTERS

DHAKA (Reuters) - The attack on a cafe in the Bangladeshi capital left 26 people dead including six armed attackers, the Bangladesh army said on Saturday, most killed with sharp weapons.

Army Brigadier General Naim Asraf Chowdhury told a news conference 13 people were rescued including one Japanese and two Sri Lankans.

The army concluded an operation to clear the cafe on Saturday after a 12-hour siege that began when gunmen stormed the restaurant, which was popular with foreigners, on Friday night.

Reporting by Ruma Paul; Writing by Tommy Wilkes; Editing by Nick Macfie

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