Bangladesh police shoot dead three 'Islamist' extremists near Dhaka

Cheryl Sanders
August 30, 2016

A Canadian man suspected of having planned a July attack on a bakery in Dhaka that left 22 people dead was killed in a shootout with the Bangladeshi police Saturday, officials said.

Mastermind of the Dhaka cafe attack along with two other militants were killed on Saturday during a raid in the Bangladeshi capital, officials said.

Members of Canada's Bangladeshi community disavowed an Ontario resident killed over the weekend who Bangladesh police say masterminded a terrorist attack last month.

He's also suspected to have led a July 7 attack on a prayer gathering near Dhaka that left four people dead, including two police officers.

Inspector General of police, A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque, and counter-terrorism unit chief Monirul Islam confirmed the death of Tamim Chowdhury after the raid, codenamed 'Operation Hit Strong 27'.

As the security forces tried to enter the house, the criminals opened fire from inside, he said. "When we felt that they would not surrender, we made our final push and killed them".

Global Affairs Canada said officials are in contact with their Bangladeshi counterparts about the matter, but the assistance they can offer is limited as Mr Khan is not a citizen.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the July 1 attack, releasing photos from inside the cafe during the siege and of the five men who carried out the deadly assault and were shot dead at its finale.

Bangladesh's government has blamed the JMB for the July 1 cafe attack in which 20 hostages, including 18 foreigners, were killed along with two policemen. We can see three dead bodies.

Diplomatic sources said Bangladesh, India and the United States are constantly exchanging intelligence about terrorism related activities and this cooperation is credited with halting potential attacks.

However, the government in Bangladesh has rejected the group's claim of responsibility, saying worldwide Islamic extremist networks do not have a foothold in the Muslim-majority country.

"The main mastermind of the Holey Artisan [attack] has been eliminated", Hasina told reporters at her office, according to Agence France-Presse.

After talks on Syria with Russian and United Nations officials, Kerry planned to depart Geneva later Sunday for meetings with Bangladeshi officials, opposition and civic leaders who are coping with a series of extremist attacks.

Khan was taken in for questioning immediately after the attack, and police formally announced his arrest at the beginning of August.

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