The identity of a Bangla speaking individual seen in a recent video claimed to be from Islamic State has been revealed.
Dhaka Tribune can confirm after cross checking with numerous sources and speaking with people who know him that the first man in the video is Tahmid Rahman Safi of Baridhara, a former Brac University student and a Grameenphone employee.
Three youths in a video released on the Internet spoke in Bangla and English threatening of more attacks in Bangladesh and praising the attackers at Holey Artisan Cafe who killed 23 people including nine Italians, seven Japanese, three Bangladeshis and one Indian nationals.
Facebook users first identified Tahmid as a singer who was a top-20 contestant in a popular singing competition on a private TV channel.
He did his BBA from Brac University and MBA from Institute of Business Administration of Dhaka University, and then worked for Grameenphone for a while.He was working as a teacher at Mastermind School for about a year before he went missing in mid-2015.
SITE Intelligence group says all three men in the video are Bangladeshi-born IS militants now based in Raqqah in Syria.