Dhaka – Three suspected terrorists, including the mastermind of the last month’s cafe attack in Gulshan, have been killed in a gunfight between the security forces and a gang in central Bangladeshi district of Narayanganj, police said on Saturday.
Police officer Sanowar Hossain said Bangladeshi-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, who was earlier identified as the mastermind of the attacks at Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1, was among the terrorists killed in the raid.
Twenty civilians, mostly foreign nationals, were killed in the restaurant attacks claimed by Islamic State militants. Two security personnel and six militants were also killed when army-led commandos stormed the restaurant to rescue hostages taken by the terrorists.
Local residents said that the police cordoned off a building at Paikpara of Narayanganj, 20 kilometers east of capital Dhaka, early hours of Saturday.
Bangladesh’s Counter Terrorism Unit chief Monirul Islam said that they conducted the raid based on information that the terrorists had been hiding in the building. The final operation began at 9.35 am and ended at 10.45 am.
The raid was conducted upon information from an arrested operative of the banned group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
Police had earlier announced Tk 2 million bounty for information about the terrorists.
Earlier on July 26, nine militants were killed during a special drive of the joint forces in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur, ending an overnight standoff that ensued with a raid to hunt down “militant den”.
According to information by the intelligence agencies Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury is a Bangladeshi born Canadian. He is a leader of the banned militant outfit JMB.