Mizanur Rahman Bhuiyan, a deputy director at the Rapid Action Battalion force, told Reuters...
“Our commandos have stormed into the restaurant. Intense gunfighting on,”
Reports say assailants exchanged intense gun fire with police during the raid but no gunshots have been heard from inside the restaurant since.
* UPDATE 11:34 pm: Reports that 5 rescued from Dhaka restaurant, 36 injured being treated. Eyewitnesses to media say 5 gunmen killed, 1 captured, 2 unaccounted for. No reports of gunfire for over 20 minutes.
* UPDATE 11:51 pm: Bangladesh media is reporting that Lt Col Tuhin Mohammad Masud has claimed 13 hostages have been rescued. No gunfire for 30 minutes yet an explosion has been reported. Local television reports it was a controlled explosion by Bangladeshi bomb disposal team.
* UPDATE 12:45 pm: The Dhaka cafe siege ends, six gunmen killed, says police.
In total 20 hostages and five terrorists died in the attack.