In pictures: Dhaka hostage crisis

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image captionAt dawn, armoured personnel carriers and trucks carrying commandoes rolled through the streets of Dhaka, as Bangladeshi forces launched an operation to recue hostages
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image captionHeavy gunfire and explosions were heard outside the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan
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image captionRelatives of the hostages had been waiting anxiously for news. This couple just heard their son and daughter-in-law were among those rescued
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image captionBangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said more than a dozen had been rescued but some had been killed. She said six attackers were also killed
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image captionAll 20 of those killed were foreigners, the army said - many of those killed are believed to be Japanese and Italian
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image captionTwo police officers were killed and 30 were injured in gun battles in the early hours.
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image captionThe so-called Islamic State said it had carried out the attack on the restaurant, which was popular with expatriates, diplomats and middle-class families.
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image captionHigh-profile gun attacks are extremely rare in Bangladesh but the country has seen a series of murders which have been widely blamed on Islamist extremists.
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image captionAs the security forces were trying to negotiate the hostages' release, a bomb disposal unit was seen being prepared to be deployed.

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