Bangladesh kills 11 suspected Islamist militants
BANGLADESH forces have killed 11 suspected Islamist extremists including the new leader of a banned group behind a Dhaka cafe massacre, a minister said.
“They are all members of the new JMB [Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh],” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said, referring to the outlawed group that killed 22 mostly foreign hostages at the cafe in July.
“The dead included Akash who was leading the new JMB after the death of Tamim Chowdhury,” he said, adding seven of the extremists were killed in a gunfight in Patertek, Gazipur district, just outside Dhaka.
Police said Akash could be a code name for the slain JMB leader.
Chowdhury, a Canadian citizen of Bangladesh origin, was shot dead in a gunfight in August. Police said he was the leader of the JMB and behind the cafe attack.
The siege at Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka’s posh Gulshan neighbourhood was the deadliest in a series of assaults claimed by Islamist groups which have blighted Bangladesh in the past three years.
The minister said seven more suspected Islamist extremists were also arrested in raids in two industrial towns just outside the capital after they committed robberies to fund their activities.
“We have seized money from these extremists that they got through robbery,” he said.
He told reporters that Syed Ziaul Haque, the leader of another outlawed
extremist group called Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT) would soon be arrested.
The ABT, also known as Ansar al Islam, is linked with al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent and has been blamed for a series of murders of atheist and secular bloggers who were critical of Islam. –
Bangladesh security personel patrol the site of an operation to flush out suspected October 8.
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