Bangladesh police 'kill main Dhaka cafe attack suspect'

Security forces claim to have killed three people, including prime suspect Bangladeshi-Canadian citizen Tamim Chowdhury.

    Bangladesh police have stormed a house outside the capital, Dhaka, shooting dead three people, including the main suspect in the last month's cafe attack that killed 22 hostages.

    "We can see three dead bodies here," senior police officer Sanwar Hossain told AFP news agency on Saturday.

    "Tamim Chowdhury is dead. He is the Gulshan attack mastermind and the leader of JMB [Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh, a domestic armed outfit]," he said.

    Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi-Canadian citizen, had earlier been named by the police as the main suspect in the attack on the cafe in Gulshan, an upscale Dhaka neighbourhood.

    The bodies were retrieved after police staged an hour-long gun battle with the suspects in Narayanganj, a city 25km south of Dhaka, Hossain said.

    "The operation went on for an hour. We can see three dead bodies. They did not surrender. They threw four to five grenades at police and fired from AK-22 rifles," Bangladesh national police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque told AFP.

    Demonising the opponents

    Al Jazeera's Tanvir Chowdhury, reporting from Dhaka, said it would likely require relatives to positively identify the body or DNA testing to confirm that the person killed was Tamim Chowdhury, as the police have reported.

    "The police do claim a lot [of] things but then later we find out that there are a lot of gaps in the information. So we will have to wait until it's confirmed," he said.

    A team from the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit and police cordoned off the house in Narayanganj area earlier this morning on information that suspects were staying there, Mainul Haq, superintendent of Narayanganj police, told The Daily Star newspaper.

    At least 20 hostages, including 18 foreigners and two policemen, died in last month's attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka, which was claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group.

    In June more than 11,000 people were arrested in an effort to quash a spate of brutal murders of secular writers, gay rights activists and religious minorities.

    Both ISIL and a local branch of al-Qaeda have claimed responsibility for many of the attacks.

    Critics say Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's administration is in denial about the nature of the threat posed by armed groups and accuse her of trying to exploit the attacks to demonise her domestic opponents.

    As the police tried to enter the house, the suspects opened fire from inside [ Mahmud Hossain Opu/Al Jazeera]

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera And Agencies


    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    Why America's Russia hysteria is dangerous

    The US exaggerating and obsessing about foreign threats seems quite similar to what is happening in Russia.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months