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Dhaka café attack: militants used Indian-made assault rifles, says Tripura Governor

In one of the worst terrorist attacks in Bangladesh's history, the gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan Thana on the night of 21st July and killed 22 people
Gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan Thana on the night of 21st July and killed 22 people

The militants involved in the Dhaka café attack in July used rifles that were made in West Bengal by Pakistani gunsmiths, said Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy citing a news report.

The former BJP leader wrote on his Twitter account: “Rifles for Dhaka cafe attack,in which 20 innocent hostages were killed, were made at Malda,West Bengal by Paki Gunsmiths. Whither headed?”

In one of the worst terrorist attacks in Bangladesh’s history, the gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan Thana on the night of 21st July and killed 22 people, including foreigners and police officers. Bangladesh security forces later killed five militants in an encounter.

Assault rifles used in the July attack were allegedly made in Malda, Bengal with the help of Pakistani experts, Times of India reported citing NIA officials. According to officials, terrorist arrested by Kolkata STF in connection with the Khagragarh blast revealed that the tribal gunsmiths from Pakistan frequently visited Malda to train local gunsmiths.

They had also set up a manufacturing unit for AK-22 assault rifles and later smuggled into Bangladesh, the report said.

A senior NIA officer was quoted by the newspaper as saying: “We aren’t sure yet but the language they mentioned is spoken in and around the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan where the village is located.”

Immediately after the deadly attack that left 18 foreigners dead, ISIS had claimed the responsibility of attack saying the group killed “22 crusaders”. However, Bangladesh government officials later said the perpetrators were not affiliated with the Islamic State, but belonged to Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.

In October, the state security officials said the head of Islamist group died during an arrest operation. According to media reports, at least 40 Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen followers have been killed in Bangladesh after the July attack.

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