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Militant Rigan admits link to Gulshan cafe attackers

  • Published at 10:00 pm October 3rd, 2016
  • Last updated at 09:09 am October 4th, 2016
Militant Rigan admits link to Gulshan cafe attackers
Militant group New JMB operative Rakibul Hasan Rigan has given confessional statement admitting his involvement in the July 1 terrorist attack on Holey Artisan Bakery that left 23 people including 17 foreigners killed. Rigan, 20, was wounded and subsequently caught during a police raid on their militant den at Taj Manzeel in Kallyanpur on July 26. Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Ahsan Habib recorded his confessional statement under section 164 of CrPC in the case. Humayun Kabir, an inspector of the Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit, also the investigation officer of the case, produced Rigan before the magistrate with a plea to record his statement. The magistrate sent Rigan back to jail after recording his confessional statement. Sources said Regan was a trainer of the five militants who conducted the Gulshan terror attack, later claimed by Islamic State group. They were killed in a commando operation in the morning of July 2. Rigan was shown arrested on September 21 in the Gulshan attack case after the law enforcers discovered his involvement in the case during interrogation. On September 25, another Dhaka court placed Rigan on a six-day remand. So far, a total of 11 witnesses have given their statements before separate courts over in the Gulshan terror attack case.