Bangladeshi-Canadian named as Dhaka cafe attack mastermind

A raid in Dhaka 4 days ago provided police the clue to identify Tamim Chowdhury as the architect of the recent Islamist assaults, a police officer familiar with the investigations told PTI on anonymity.

By: PTI | Dhaka | Updated: July 30, 2016 10:11 pm
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A Bangladeshi-Canadian was on Saturday identified as the mastermind of Bangladesh’s worst terrorist attack at a cafe in Dhaka’s high-security diplomatic zone that killed 22 people mostly foreigners, police said following new information from a raid on a terrorist hideout.

An overnight security raid at Kalyanpur area in Dhaka four days ago provided police the clue to identify Tamim Chowdhury as the architect of the recent Islamist assaults, a police officer familiar with the investigations told PTI on anonymity.

“We found Tamim Chowdhury to be the mastermind of the two (back-to-back terrorist) attacks… a manhunt was launched to track him down as we think, he now lives in Bangladesh since his return (from Canada) three years ago,” he said.

The officer added that evidence gathered from the scene of the July 26 raid at Kalyanpur, in which nine militants were killed, led police to identify Chowdhury, believed to be in his mid 30s, as the mastermind of the July 1 attack on the Holey Artisan restaurant and the assault on an Eid congregation at northern Sholakia six days later.

Also read | Local ‘IS chief’ Tamim Chowdhury prime architect of Dhaka cafe attack: police

A Bangladeshi newspaper earlier reported that Chowdhury appeared as the leader and main financer of a reorganised Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). Bangladesh earlier attributed the two attacks to the clandestine outfit.

The report suggested that Chowdhury was working as the link between the reorganised JMB and the ISIS, which claimed the responsibility for the July 1 attack when the terrorists killed 22 people, among them 17 foreigners including an Indian and two police officers.

The attack on the Eid prayers left two policemen and a woman dead while the officials said a total of seven terrorists were gunned down immediately after the assaults.

Police’s counter-terrorism unit’s chief Monirul Islam had said investigators got names of several suspected masterminds behind the two “interlinked attacks” but efforts were underway to confirm their true identities.

Bangladesh earlier said they found no proof of ISIS link to the country’s terrorist attacks.

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  1. M
    Jul 30, 2016 at 7:33 pm
    Thank God Bangladesh does not have the politicians like Lalu, Nitish, Mamata, Rahul, AK otherwise they would have got it muddied by this time!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;How one can gurrantee some of the terrorists or their sympathisers from Bangladesh would be coming to Infia and taking shelter under TMC'c wing?
    1. A
      Jul 30, 2016 at 4:49 pm
      He claims to be a soldier of Islam who has no guilt in killing innocent people who happened to be in the wrong place in the wrong time. Here is another person claims to be a soldier of Islam in Kabullt;br/gt;Cleric in his 60s arrested after marrying six-year-old girl who said she was 'afraid' of himlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; 04:15, 30 Jul 2016lt;br/gt; Updated 14:32, 30 Jul 2016lt;br/gt; By John Shammaslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The religious leader Mohammad Karim said however that the child was a "gift" to him, denying any;br/gt;Islam has been dragged down by these people!!
      1. A
        Jul 30, 2016 at 7:36 pm
        u fool, dirty indians were involving stan in this case. now shame for u
        1. G
          George Cruz
          Jul 30, 2016 at 4:45 pm
          And Canada is giving asylum to 25,000 Syrian Muslims with its ultra liberal policies and these Syrian refugees pay back handsomely with terror/killing/raping, etc in few years down the road. The people like Zakir Naik who is the messenger of Islamic ideologies of hate towards other religions, get paid by the middle eastern countries to spread the extreme version of Islam in the Indian subcontinent, and should be prosecuted any times he comes to India.
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