Dhaka restaurant shooting
Bangladeshi security personnel stand guard outside a restaurant during an attack in Dhaka's high-security diplomatic districtAFP/Getty

The community in an upmarket area of Dhaka have been left reeling following an attack on a local restaurant that resulted in a gun battle between police and nine assailants. Two police officers have been killed and thirty more injured, after nine attackers, armed with firearms and bombs sieged the Holey Artisan Bakery at around 9:20pm local time, taking customers and staff hostage at gunpoint.

Terrorist group Islamic State (Isis) has claimed responsibility for the attack. Eye witnesses have said that gunmen screamed 'Allahu Akbar' whilst attacking police with pistols, swords and bombs.

Police have sealed the area as they attempt to negotiate with the nine assailants who are believed to be holding at least 20 people hostage.

The restaurant is in the affluent area of Gulshan, one mile away from the US embassy in Dhaka and is popular with diplomats, ex-pats and foreigners.

Dramatic images capture the unfolding scene, as injured victims are carried out of the building and police attempt to contain the ongoing hostage stand-off.

Dhaka bakery attack
Several people have been taken hostage after an attack by armed gunmen at a Dhaka restaurantAFP/Getty
Dhaka restaurant shooting
Bangladeshi bomb disposal unit are suited up as police battle assailants in a Dhaka restaurantAFP/Getty
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Bangladeshi police officers take cover as a man lies on the ground near the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant during an attack by unidentified gunmenAFP/Getty
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People carry an injured man near the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant during an attack by gunmen in Dhaka's high-security diplomatic districtAFP/Getty
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An injured man receieves help after an attack at a restaurant in DhakaAFP/Getty
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A wounded man is helped near a restaurant that has been attacked by gunmenAFP/Getty
Dhaka restaurant shooting
Bangladeshi forces stand guard near a restaurant that has been attacked by unidentified gunmen in Dhaka, BangladeshAFP/Getty