Dhaka café attack mastermind Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and two other militants were killed in a police operation in Narayanganj today.
Police said the two would also be militants, but could not be identified immediately.
On secret information, a joint team of police cordoned off in the morning a three-storey house at Paikpara of Narayanganj Sadar Upazilla where a gang of militants were staying, police said.
Police asked the militants to surrender, but they didn’t. They hurled 4-5 grenades and opened fire at police, forcing the law enforcers to retaliate.
Police entered the house after the operation for around one hour and found three bodies, said Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque.
Police intensified their hunts for militants following two recent militant attacks in Bangladesh – the Gulshan restaurant attack on July 1 and the eid congregation attack on July 7.
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Earlier on July 26, nine militants were killed in a raid in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur. Police say Tamim, a Bangladeshi-origin Canadian citizen, was a mentor of the group of militants.
On August 2, the IGP declared cash rewards of Tk2 million each for information leading to the arrest of Tamim and sacked army major Syed Ziaul Haq.
After today’s raid, the IGP said, Police confirmed the identity of Tamim after matching photos. He said the physiognomy of one of the three slain militants is like that of Tamim Chowdhury. “This is clear that he is Tamim Chowdhury.”
He said Tamim had taken cover in the Narayanganj militant den, following the Kalyanpur raid.
“We think Tamim and his closest associates were killed here,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told reporters during a visit to the spot.
With the closing of Tamim chapter here, he said, other militants will also be hunted down within a very short time. The militants are poor in number, he added.