Cafe at­tack ‘mas­ter­mind’ named

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A CANA­DIAN cit­i­zen was one of the mas­ter­minds be­hind a mass killing at a café here, Bangladesh po­lice said, af­ter new in­for­ma­tion came to light fol­low­ing a raid on an ex­trem­ist hide­out.

Tamim Chowd­hury, whose where­abouts are un­known, re­turned to Bangladesh from Canada three years ago. He has since led and fi­nanced ef­forts to rad­i­calise young Mus­lims, of­fi­cers with knowl­edge of a probe into re­cent at­tacks said.

The dual Cana­dian-Bangladeshi na­tional, in his early 30s, is thought by counter-ter­ror­ism of­fi­cials to lead a fac­tion of the Ja­mayetul Mu­jahideen Bangladesh (JMB) mil­i­tant group, blamed for scores of mur­ders of for­eign­ers and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties.

Five as­sailants stormed an up­scale cafe in the Gul­shan neigh­bour­hood on July 1 and killed 20 hostages, in­clud­ing 18 for­eign­ers in Bangladesh’s dead­li­est sin­gle mil­i­tant at­tack.

A week later, gun­men at­tacked an Eid prayer gath­er­ing of 250,000 peo­ple, killing three.

“We have learnt that Tamim Chowd­hury is one of the mas­ter­minds of the at­tacks of Gul­shan cafe and Sho­lakia Eid prayer ground,” an of­fi­cer said.

“He trained the ex­trem­ists be­hind the two at­tacks and the nine ex­trem­ists killed at Kalyan­pur on July 26,” the of­fi­cer said. –

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