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Bangladeshi community in New York fear for their country following attacks

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JACKSON HEIGHTS, Queens -- In the heart of the Bangladesh community of Jackson Heights on 73rd Street, there is concern and fear that this is just the beginning of terrorist attacks in Bangladesh.

"This is scary," Muni Islam, founder of the Bangladesh Businessman's Association of Jackson Heights, told PIX11. "This has never happened in Bangladesh before. This is the first time."

Just hours earlier, gunmen in Dhaka Bangladesh stormed the Holey Artisan bakery, a cafe in the city's diplomatic zone that is filled with foreigners and ex-pats and took dozens hostage.

The assailants, who are thought to number six to eight, fired upon police and threw explosives at officers trying to approach.

ISIS has claimed responsibility.

"So far, two police officers have been killed and 49 injured," Shihabuddin kisslu, bureau chief Bangladesh tv told PIX11.

The United States embassy in Dhaka tweeted out a warning, advising people to stay indoors.

"We're also obviously in constant touch with Bangladeshi authorities, to work through this very fluid, live situation," John Kirby, a U.S. State Department spokesman said.

So as Bangladeshi-New Yorkers prepare to break fast with biryani and Gilabi., they hope for safe release of all the hostages.

"I am wishing that not a single foreigner is killed because that would not be good for us as a Bangladeshi," Kazi Fouzia, Human rights organizer, to PIX11.