'Hostages were killed within 20 minutes'

Dhaka: The terrorists, who carried out Bangladesh's worst terror attack at a cafe here, had slaughtered all the 20 hostages within 20 minutes of the brazen assault, a top police official said yesterday.

Inspector General of Police  AKM Shahidul Haque also rejected allegations by the media that police delayed the rescue operation.

"Many media are reporting that we had delayed the rescue mission but we did not. We completed the mission within 12 hours. The gunmen had killed the hostages within 20 minutes of the attack," he said.

Two persons were arrested yesterday in connection with the attack. Haque, however, did not disclose the identities of either of the detainees or where they were being kept. He said they were both physically unwell and will be quizzed after their condition improves.

"One of them is in hospital, the other is in custody," he said.

Pak denies ISI hand  
Rejecting allegations against Pakistan’s involvement, its Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said, "These are highly regrettable, irres-ponsible and provocative stories being carried in the Indian media. They are baseless and unfounded."                              

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