Huge man­hunt for es­caped IS-linked ex­trem­ist

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

Photo: AFP

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