Mastermind of Dhaka cafe attack killed

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2017 09:12:53


DHAKA,

Jan 6,

(PTI),

ONE of the masterminds of Bangladesh’s worst terror attack at a popular cafe here and another top militant behind the murder of a Hindu priest were killed on Friday in a gunfight with police during a pre-dawn raid in the Muslim-majority country.

Neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen’s wanted leader Nurul Islam alias Marjan and another extremist were killed by Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit in Mohammadpur Beribadh area of the capital. “One is identified as Marjan and another is Saddam Hossain, an accused neo JMB member,” Daily Star newspaper quoted Monirul Islam, chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, as saying.

Police say Marjan coordinated the July 1 attack on Gulshan’s Holey Artisan Bakery that killed 22 people, including an Indian girl. Saddam was wanted for at least ten murder cases, including Japanese national Kunio Hoshi murder, Jogeshwar Dasadhikari murder and attempt to murder a Bahai community leader in Rangpur, Monirul said.

Jogeshwar was hacked to death during an attack on a temple in Bangladesh’s Panchgarh district in February last year.