Huge manhunt for escaped IS-linked extremist
BANGLADESH yesterday launched a massive hunt for the survivor of a police raid on an extremist hideout which killed nine suspected Islamists, who claimed to belong to the Islamic State group.
Investigators hope the escaped extremist and another man who was arrested during a major gunfight in Dhaka on July 26 will shed light on the group’s proclaimed ties
with the IS.
“We’ve alerted all checkpoints in the capital in a bid to arrest him [the escapee],” said deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Masud Ahmed.
Officers believe the nine extremists were part of the same group which killed 22 people during an attack on an upscale cafe here on July 1 – an attack claimed by IS.
Police said they recovered the IS’s black flag and robes from the hideout in Dhaka, but maintained the extremists were actually members of the domestic Islamist group Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
“We’re conducting an investigation. Hasan has claimed that they were IS members,” a senior security official said, referring to a 25-yearold arrested in the raid who is being treated in hospital. –
Police guard the house where nine suspected Islamist extremists were killed in Dhaka on July 26.