One of the militants killed during Saturday's Narayanganj raid, Tausif Hossain, was friends with one of the Gulshan attackers, Nibras Islam, and both men ran away from home on the same day – February 3 this year, police confirm.
Tausif, who completed his O Level and A Level from Maple Leaf International School, was reportedly a student at a Malaysian university, similar to Nibras.
The last time Tausif spoke to his parents at their Dhanmondi home, he told them that he was going out for lunch with his friends including Nibras, said Dhanmondi police station Officer-in-Charge Nur-e-Azam Mia.
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SWAT personnel are on a roll during the a drive which killed three militants including Gulshan attack mastermind Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury Dhaka Tribune/Mahmud Hossain Opu
After finding no trace of Tausif, his father filed a general diary on February 5 reporting him as missing, the OC said.
On February 9, Tausif was also named as a person of interest in a first information report (FIR) filed with Shahbagh police after three suspected militants were arrested. Those three have now gone into hiding after securing bail from the High Court.
Tausif was the seventh missing person on the latest list of suspected militants released by Rapid Action Battalion on August 9.
The first week of February was also the same time when several other young militants, who actively took part or participated in the plotting of recent terrorist attacks, ran away from home.
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Some IEDs (improvised explosive device), believed to be used on the law enforcement agency personnel by the militants, are seen on top of a shed right beside the Narayanganj house Dhaka Tribune/Mahmud Hossain Opu
They included two other Gulshan attackers Rohan Imtiaz and Meer Saameh Mubasher, as well Sholakia attacker Abeer Rahman, and Kallyanpur militant Shazad Rouf Arko. All of them are now dead – killed during police offensives.
Sources in law enforcement agencies told the Dhaka Tribune that all of these missing youths had stayed together in a Jhenaidah mess before carrying out the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks.