Dhaka cafe attack mastermind killed in encounter
In a major success, the Bangladeshi security forces have succeeded to find the key plotters of the Dhaka cafe attack. In a raid at the outskirts of Dhaka, the forces in a operation killed four Islamist militants, including the mastermind of the Dhaka attack that claimed the lives of 22 people, mostly foreigners.
The suspected militants were killed in a raid on their hideout in Naraynganj, outskirts of Dhaka. Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, alleged mastermind of the attack on the cafe, was among those killed, a police source said.
Tamim Chowdhury had returned to Bangladesh from Canada three years ago. He had since led and financed efforts to radicalise young Muslims in Bangladesh.
Among the Dhaka cafe attack victims was an Indian, 19-year-old Tarishi Jain. She was a student of University of California-Berkeley and was in Dhaka on a vacation. She had gone with two other friends to a cafe at the upscale Gulshan area where she was brutally killed by Islamist terrorists. She was among the first victims of Dhaka’s siege to be identified. Her Bangladeshi friends — Abinta Kabir, also a US citizen, and Faraaz Hossain — were also killed in the attack. Tarishi was cremated in Gurgaon after her body was brought back to India.
The Dhaka cafe attack was by far the deadliest in a string of attacks claimed by Islamist groups that have blighted Bangladesh over the last three years.