Savage attack on oasis of calm in Dhaka shakes expat community

(From Reuters)

With the Holey Artisan Bakery downstairs and the O’Kitchen Restaurant upstairs, the Dhaka eatery with large windows looking out at a lush lawn suggested an oasis in an increasingly dangerous city.

Army soldiers patrol in a boat on a lake near the Holey Artisan restaurant after Islamist militants attacked the upscale cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2, 2016. Mahmud Hossain Opu/Handout via REUTERS

Army soldiers patrol in a boat on a lake near the Holey Artisan restaurant after Islamist militants attacked the upscale cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2, 2016. Mahmud Hossain Opu/Handout via REUTERS

That illusion ended at about 9 p.m. on Friday, as gunmen burst through the door of an establishment that sells profiteroles and pizzas to Dhaka’s elite.

“It is an elegant place: diplomats, successful businessmen, and politicians would meet here,” said Agnese Barolo, wife of the international affairs adviser to Bangladesh’s prime minister.

“Business deals were decided, political discussions would take place here.” Read More



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