Bangladesh kills 11 sus­pected Is­lamist mil­i­tants

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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. –

Photo: AFP

Bangladesh se­cu­rity per­sonel pa­trol the site of an op­er­a­tion to flush out sus­pected Oc­to­ber 8.

Is­lamist ex­trem­ists in Gazipur on

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