B’desh ar­rests Is­lamists blamed for cafe attack

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bangladesh se­cu­rity forces yes­ter­day ar­rested two mem­bers of an Is­lamist mil­i­tant group blamed for a deadly attack on a cafe in Dhaka in July in which 22 peo­ple were killed, most of them for­eign­ers. The July 1 attack in Dhaka’s diplo­matic quar­ter was claimed by the Is­lamic State and was the worst mil­i­tant attack in Bangladesh, which has been hit by a spate of killings of lib­er­als and mem­bers of re­li­gious mi­nori­ties in the past year.

The two sus­pects, aged 21 and 28, were mem­bers of a fac­tion of the Ja­maat-ulMu­jahideen Bangladesh (JMB) mil­i­tant group, known as New JMB, which has pledged al­le­giance to Is­lamic State, and which po­lice be­lieve was in­volved in or­ga­niz­ing the cafe attack. “We have re­cov­ered money, ji­hadi books, leaflets and sharp weapons,” Lut­ful Kabir, a se­nior of­fi­cial with the po­liceled Rapid Ac­tion Bat­tal­ion, which is in­volved in counter-ter­ror­ism ef­forts, told a news con­fer­ence. The five gun­men who at­tacked the cafe were all killed. Po­lice have killed at least 42 sus­pected Is­lamists in raids since then, in­clud­ing the man po­lice said was the attack mas­ter­mind, Bangladesh-born Cana­dian cit­i­zen Tamim Ahmed Chowd­hury. — Reuters

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