Dhaka – Bangladesh on Saturday said its investigators could not find whether the mastermind obtained approval from the Islamic State militants to carry out the deadly café attack in Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic area in July.
“I don’t want to make any comment as there is no information to this end,” Asaduzzaman Mia, chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Asaduzzaman Miah told reporters as he was drawn attention on a report by international news agency that a Bangladesh-origin Canadian citizen obtained approval from the IS to carry out the attack.
The agency reported that Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury got the permission from the radical Islamic group to kill the foreign nationals in Bangladesh on July 1, 2016.
The DMP boss said that the matter is under investigation.
He said the militants have no capability to organise a large-scale attack in Bangladesh as the law enforcement has killed many suspected militants in the past months.
At least 20 civilians, including 17 foreign nationals were, killed in the attack claimed to be carried out by the Islamic State militants at the Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1.
Six suspected militants were killed after the army commandos stormed the café in the following morning. Two police officers were also killed by the terrorists.
Police later killed Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and two of his accomplices in an anti-terror raid in Narayanganj on August 27.