The deadliest terror attack in Bangladesh’s history that killed over two dozens of people at an upscale restaurant in Dhaka’s Gulshan on July 1 cost the militants $10,000, a senior detective has said.
The terrorists spent around Tk5,11,000 for arms and ammunition, and Tk200,000-300,000 for house rent and other costs, which means they spent around $10,000 or around Tk800,000, said Monirul Islam, lead investigator and chief of Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the DMP, at a press briefing yesterday.
Police estimated the amount from the prices of recovered arms and ammunition – five 9mm pistols, each costing Tk40,000; three Ak22 rifles worth Tk100,000 each; and 11 hand grenades worth Tk1,000 each, according to Monirul.
The investigators have found the involvement of a new faction of banned militant outfit Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) behind the attack. Earlier, international militant group Islamic State took credit for the attack.
Since the attack took place, law enforcers have conducted a number of special drives and killed over three dozens of New JMB leaders and members including its military wing chief Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury. However, some top leaders of the outfit including field-level coordinator Nurul Islam Marjan have not been arrested yet.
Asked about it, Monirul said that they were searching for the absconding leaders of the group. “Once they are arrested, we will give report in the case. But it will take some time to complete the investigation.”
He added that the outfit has become weaker due to the crackdown by law enforcement agencies.