Dhaka – Bangladeshi security forces have arrested yet another key suspect of last year’s attack on a restaurant in Dhaka that left 20 civilians killed, police said on Saturday.
The suspect Jahangir Alam alias Rajib, a leader of a faction of banned Islamist militant group, was arrested in central Bangladeshi district of Tangail, nearly 70 kilometers north-west of Dhaka.
Rajib, also known as Gandhi, is one of the masterminds of attacks on Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan diplomatic area where terrorists killed nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, a Bangladeshi-born US citizen and two Bangladeshi nationals on July 1, 2016.
The members of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit captured Rajib when they raided a home in Tangail, said Monirul Islam, head of Bangladesh’s counter terrorism unit of police.
Rajib was wanted in many cases related to terrorist attacks Bangladesh, he said.
Police have killed more than 40 suspected militants, including a Bangladesh-origin Canadian citizen, in the last six months as part of counterterrorism raids launched in response to the cafe attack.