Bangladesh po­lice ar­rest key sus­pect in Dhaka cafe at­tack

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Po­lice in north­west­ern Bangladesh on Satur­day ar­rested a sus­pected key sup­plier of ex­plo­sives in last year’s at­tack on a Dhaka cafe that left 20 hostages dead, in­clud­ing 17 for­eign­ers, an of­fi­cial said. So­hel Mahfuz was ar­rested along with three other sus­pected mem­bers of Ju­matul Mu­ja­hedeen Bangladesh, or JMB, said T M Mo­jahidul Is­lam, the po­lice chief in Cha­painawab­ganj dis­trict.He said Mahfuz, thought to be one of the top plan­ners of the cafe at­tack, was taken to the cap­i­tal, Dhaka, for in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

De­tails of the other de­tainees were not clear, in­clud­ing what con­nec­tion they might have had to the July 1, 2016, at­tack on the Ho­ley Ar­ti­san Bak­ery. The Is­lamic State group claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack but author­i­ties blamed JMB. Five mil­i­tants from the banned group who stormed the cafe and took pa­trons hostage also died in the at­tack, along with two po­lice of­fi­cers.

Since the at­tack, po­lice and other se­cu­rity agen­cies have be­gun a man­hunt and raided nu­mer­ous places across the coun­try, with the gov­ern­ment of Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina say­ing it has zero tol­er­ance for such rad­i­cal groups. Some 60 sus­pects, in­clud­ing some JMB com­man­ders, have been killed in raids across Bangladesh since July 1.

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