Three Dhaka attack financers identified
October 19th, 2016 at 1:52 pm
Three Dhaka attack financers identified

Dhaka – Investigators have identified three men as financers of the deadly restaurant attacks in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka in July that left 20 civilians killed.

One of the financers, a pediatrician who had worked for the government, fled to Syria well before the attack was perpetrated at Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan on July 1, Bangladesh’s chief of counter terrorism unit Monirul Islam said on Tuesday.

The attack left nine Italian, seven Japanese, one Indian, a Bangladeshi-born US national and two Bangladeshi nationals killed before the army commandos gunned down six suspected militants.

Pediatrician Rokon Uddin donated more than 8 million taka to a faction of the banned militant outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), Islam said.

The physician fled to Syria along with his family, he added.

Two of others – a retired army officer Major Murad and a former banker Tanvir Qaderi – were killed in anti-militant raids launched after the attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, said the officer.

The retired army man had donated his pension to the terrorist plot, the police chief said, while the banker donated money he had earned from an apartment sale in Dhaka.

The Islamic State militant group claimed it was behind the violence but the Bangladeshi government has said that home-grown JMB terrorists carried out the bloody siege.

“We are still investigating whether any foreign fund was used for the restaurant attack,” Islam said.

Police have killed at least 25 suspected militants, including a Bangladesh-born Canadian man, in the last three months as part of counterterrorism raids launched in response to the cafe attack.