Tamim held meetings with the Kallyanpur militants to inspire them and provide financial support for their terrorist activities
For the first time, police have officially identified the Gulshan attack mastermind as Bangladesh-origin Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, and said he used to visit the Kallyanpur militants in their hideout.
Tamim held meetings with the Kallyanpur militants to inspire them and provide financial support for their terrorist activities, according to the statement of a case which was filed yesterday by Mirpur model police station Inspector (operation) Shajalal Alam in connection with Tuesday’s police raid
Nine militants were killed when police carried out the drive in Dhaka’s Kallyanpur early Tuesday.
The case statement also read that the sole surviving suspect, Rakibul Hasan alias Rigan, has told interrogators that they received funding, arms and explosives from Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh.
The case further named other suspects who allegedly acted as trainers and leaders for the militants; they are: Iqbal, Ripon, Khalid, Mamun, Manik, Jonayed Khan, Badal and Azadul alias Kabiraz.
Police’s counter-terrorism chief Monirul Islam said although they have already got names of several suspected masterminds behind the recent militant activities, those might just be aliases. Efforts are on to find out the true identities of these people and trace them, he said.
Sources close to the ongoing investigation told the Dhaka Tribune that Gulshan attack mastermind Tamim has been working as a link between foreign and domestic militant groups. Since leaving Canada in 2013, he has been hiding in Bangladesh, the sources added.
Monirul Islam described Tamim as the leader of a new faction of JMB. The police believe that he is still in Bangladesh and efforts are on to detain him, he added.
According to investigators, JMB now has two factions: one led by JMB’s jailed spiritual leader Mawlana Saidur Rahman, while Tamim took over the other faction after coming back to Bangladesh.