Dhaka cafe attack mastermind killed by troops

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The Bangladesh police on Saturday killed Dhaka cafe attack mastermind Canadian-Bangladeshi Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and his two associates in an encounter at the militants’ hideout near the national capital.
“The gunfight erupted this morning [Saturday morning] after police started raiding a building at Naraynganj’s Pikeparha,” Counter-terrorism Unit’s Additional Deputy Commissioner Sanowar Hossain was quoted as saying by the bdnews24.com.
The unit’s chief, Monirul Islam, earlier said the raid was conducted upon information gleaned from an arrested operative of the banned Jama’ atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
Chowdhury was identified by the police as the mastermind of the July 1 cafe attack in Dhaka that killed 22 people, including an Indian girl, and two police officers, and the subsequent assault on the Eid congregation at Sholakia.
According to the police, Chowdhury used to stay in Canada and might have developed a network of financiers before coming to Bangladesh in 2013.
Police had announced Taka 2 million reward earlier this month for information leading to Chowdhury’s arrest.
The Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the cafe attack.

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