August 27, 2016 - 11:44am
Three militants including Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, a mastermind of Gulshan café attack, were killed during a joint forces raid at a house in Narayanganj Sadar upazila this morning.
Monirul Islam, chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism unit, confirmed it to The Daily Star around 10:45am.
A joint team from Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, police headquarters and district police cordoned off the house since the morning on information that a gang of militants were staying there, Mainul Haq, superintendent of Narayanganj police, told The Daily Star.
As the law enforcers tried to enter the house, the criminals opened fire from inside, the SP said.
The area is still sealed off, witnesses said.
Earlier on July 26, nine militants were killed during a special drive of the joint forces in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur, ending an overnight standoff that ensued with a raid to hunt down “militant den”.
Who is Tamim?
Tamim, the Bangladeshi-Canadian, is one of the masterminds of the bakery attack. Police previously announced a cash reward for information leading to his arrest.
According to the investigators, he had accompanied the five Holey Artisan Bakery attackers from their Bashundhara flat to Gulshan, Dhaka and left the area after bidding them farewell just before the café siege began on July 1.
The five militants, carrying weapons including semi-automatic rifles, grenades and machetes, held diners hostage at the upscale eatery in the diplomatic zone.
The ensuing 11-hour standoff ended after the army-led commandos stormed the café. By the time, the militants had killed 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners, and two policemen in the worst-ever terror incident in the country.
The gunmen were killed in the commando drive, codenamed “Operation Thunderbolt”.
The investigators have also found Tamim's involvement also in the Sholakia attack on the July 7 Eid day that left four people, including two constables, an attacker, and a local woman, dead.
Tamim was also the mentor of the group the nine militants, killed in a police operation at Kalyanpur on July 26.
He used to frequent their flat in Kalyanpur and have meetings with them, give motivational speeches and guide them on planning militant attacks, according to the statement of a case filed following the police operation named “Storm 26”.
The accused in the case, including Tamim, provided the nine militants with financial support, firearms, ammunition and explosives, the statement said, adding that the accused also trained the radicals.
On August 2, Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque has declared cash rewards of Tk 20 lakh each for information leading to the arrest of Tamim and sacked army major Syed Ziaul Haq.