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Tamim Ahmed, Ziaul Haque in disguise

  • Published at 01:46 am August 4th, 2016
  • Last updated at 12:16 am August 6th, 2016
Tamim Ahmed, Ziaul Haque in disguise
They might be driving CNG auto rickshaws in Dhaka, or making tea at a roadside tea stall or have managed a job at a factory – anything can happen. The law enforcers think the top two masterminds of the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks – Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury and Maj (terminated) Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque, who they are looking for frantically are staying in Dhaka and leading ordinary life to evade arrest. A Tk20 lakh bounty has been declared for each of the duo while the police have also alerted the airports and land ports so that they cannot leave the country. Investigation sources say both Tamim and Zia are experts at changing their faces and lifestyles. [caption id="attachment_8498" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Dhaka Metropolitan Police releases series of pictures, depicting possible disguise of JMB coordinator Tamim AHmed Chowdhury DMP Dhaka Metropolitan Police releases series of pictures, depicting possible disguise of JMB coordinator Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury DMP[/caption] [caption id="attachment_8499" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Possible disguise_Maj Ziaul Hoque Dhaka Metropolitan Police releases series of pictures, depicting possible disguise of Ansaullah Bangla Team's combat trainer Syed Mohammad Ziaul Haque DMP[/caption] A high official of the DMP’s counter-terrorism unit told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that they were also looking for more than a dozen second- and third-layer leaders of Tamim’s New JMB group. Bangladeshi-Born Canadian citizen Tamim is believed to be leading a new faction of the banned militant group Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), which is responsible for many of the targeted killings that took place since last year including the terror attacks in Gulshan and Sholakia. On the other hand, Zia, who actively took part in the December 2011 attempted coup in army and had tried to instigate another the previous year, is the head of another banned outfit Ansarullah Bangla Team. Investigators say both the groups took part in the Gulshan restaurant attack on July 1 that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners. A CT (Counter-Terrorism) unit official said that Tamim usually maintains a French cut beard but always uses surgical masks since he is very allergic to dust. Moreover, he does not like to use cars and takes a rickshaw most of the time. The investigators obtained these information from the New JMB members now in custody. The official said Zia is seen with beard in most of the pictures available, but “he has shaved it off and wears jeans and T-shirts. He also does not wear shoes and prefers a pair of sandals,” the official said seeking anonymity. Monirul Islam, chief of the CT unit, told the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that they believed the two masterminds had been staying inside the country.