Another mastermind of the Dhaka cafe attack along with an Islamist militant was killed during an encounter on Friday pre-dawn in Dhaka.
A spokesman for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police told AFP that after police got the information of the hideout of Nurul Islam Marzan and another terrorist, the officers raided a property in Dhaka’s Rayer Bazar neighbourhood.
Additional deputy commissioner Yusuf Ali said, “We found two bodies. One of them was Marzan and another was a suspected extremist.” He added that it was not clear whether Marzan committed suicide or died in an encounter.
Ali confirmed that Marzan was one of the masterminds of the Holey Artisan Bakery attack on July 1 in which 22 people including an Indian were killed.
The IS had claimed the responsibility for the attack but Bangladesh Home Minister stated that Jamaat ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh was behind the attack. Also, the Bangladesh authorities blamed the same group for killing religious minorities, activists and foreigners.
PTI informed Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit in Mohammadpur Beribadh area of Dhaka killed Neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen’s wanted leader Marzan and another extremist.
Chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Monirul Islam said, “Acting on a tip-off, we conducted a raid around 3am…Sensing our presence, the militants opened fire at us. In retaliation, we fired back that left the two injured.”
When they were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, they were declared dead.
According to Dhaka Tribune, Marzan was the youngest commander of the neo-Jamaat, a new faction of the group was attached with ISIS.
He had stayed in the militant den of Gobindaganj in Gaibandha for a long time. There he gave motivational training to seven militants. Among them, five terrorists took part in the Holey Artisan Bakery attack.
On 1st July, last year, five terrorists had entered the cafe in the posh Gulshan area of Dhaka. They took several people hostages. Several hours later a joint commando force entered the bakery and killed the terrorists. The attackers were all Bangladeshi nationals. They siege the cafe for 11 hours and also killed two security force personnel.
Last year in August, Bangladesh Security forces killed 3 Islamist separatists, including an alleged mastermind of the attack Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen.