2 August 2016
Bangladesh police on Tuesday identified the July 1 Dhaka cafe attack planners that killed many civilians, mostly foreign nationals.
AKM Shahidul-Haque, Police Inspector-General, said on Tuesday in Dhaaka that Tamim Chowdhury and a former army major named Zia were the masterminds of last month’s attack on Gulshan cafe.
“We will not publish the names of the informers, but pay a 25,500 dollars for information leading to their arrest.
Shahidul-Haque identified Chowdhury as a Bangladesh-origin Canadian citizen, who reportedly returned to Bangladesh from Canada three years ago.
The I-G said that on July 1, attackers took hostages at the Holey Artisan Bakery restaurant in the upscale Gulshan district of Dhaka, eventually killing 20 civilians, mostly foreign nationals.
He added that two security officials were also killed, while six suspected militants were killed by commandos who stormed the restaurant the following day.
Shahidul-Haque recalled that in 2005, Jammatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, a group that campaigned for Sharia law to be imposed in the country, masterminded a series of bombings across Bangladesh that killed 30 people and injured more than 250.
He said that the group was outlawed after the attacks.