Mastermind of Bangladesh cafe attack killed in gunfight, say police

One of the masterminds of last year�s cafe attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh in which 20 hostages died has been killed in a shootout, police said.

Mastermind of Bangladesh cafe attack killed in gunfight, say police

One of the masterminds of last year’s cafe attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh in which 20 hostages died has been killed in a shootout, police said.

Nurul Islam Mirzan and a second unidentified man were killed during a predawn raid on Friday in Dhaka. IN July the hostages were shot or hacked to death in what was Bangladesh's worst-ever terror attack.

"We found two bodies. One of them was Marzan and another was a suspected extremist," additional deputy commissioner Yusuf Ali told AFP, adding that it was not yet clear whether Marzan died in a gunfight or committed suicide.


Marzan, a senior figure in the banned militant group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was believed to have been the operational commander of the attack.

Ali said that Marzan, who was aged around 30, was "one of the masterminds" of the siege at the upmarket Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1 last year in which 18 foreign hostages were killed.

The ISIS had claimed read responsibility for the cafe attack, posting images of the carnage as it happened and photos of the gunmen who had posed with the IS's black flag.

Since the attack, authorities have led a crackdown on militants, leaving dozens dead, many of them senior members of JMB.

Marzan joined a branch of JMB in 2015, after dropping out of Chittagong University, where he was an Arabic student.