Raid in Dhaka at­tack probe

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Bangladesh po­lice have killed a man who al­legedly trained mil­i­tants be­lieved to have car­ried out the July hostage-tak­ing in Dhaka’s diplomatic quar­ter that left 20 peo­ple dead in­clud­ing 17 for­eign­ers, of­fi­cials said.

The raid fol­lowed in­creased international pres­sure on Bangladesh to crack down on mil­i­tants who in re­cent years have staged vi­o­lent at­tacks on diplo­mats, athe­ists, blog­gers and other per­ceived en­e­mies of Is­lam. Ear­lier this week, US Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry vis­ited the coun­try and urged au­thor­i­ties to do more in the fight against rad­i­cal­ism.

De­tails of the raid overnight on Fri­day raid in Dhaka’s Mir­pur neighbourhood emerged slowly, and au­thor­i­ties only con­firmed the killing of the man iden­ti­fied as Mu­rad early yes­ter­day. They said the man, about 40-45 years old, also went by the names of Ja­hangir and Omar, but they are still try­ing to de­ter­mine his full iden­tity.

Po­lice counter-ter­ror­ism chief Monirul Is­lam said the man was killed in a gun­bat­tle out­side of his rented, fifth­floor apart­ment in a six-storey building after he had come to col­lect some be­long­ings.

“We had asked the land­lord to in­form us if the man comes back. He came back last night, and we raided to ar­rest him,” Is­lam said. In­stead, the man opened fire with a pis­tol on po­lice then stabbed two of­fi­cers with a knife as they sur­rounded him, Is­lam said. A third officer suf­fered bul­let wounds, he said.

Is­lam de­scribed the man as a mil­i­tary com­man­der of the banned group Ju­matul Mu­ja­hedeen Bangladesh, or JMB, who trained fight­ers for the July 1 at­tack on the Ho­ley Ar­ti­san Bak­ery in Dhaka’s Gul­shan diplomatic zone, dur­ing which many of the for­eign hostages were tor­tured and killed. ISIS claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tacks.

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