The Dhaka Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit has arrested one of the planners of the Gulshan Terror Attack, Sohel Mahfuz, as well as three of his accomplices, from Chapainawabganj.
Sohel, who also goes by Hatkata Mahfuz, is the top explosives specialist of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (New JMB) and a key arms and explosives supplier for the banned outfit.
The other detained are Jewel alias Ismail, Hafizur Rahman alias Hasan and Mostofa Kamal alias Jamal. They were arrested from an orchard in Kansat under Shibganj upazila.
“Acting on an anonymous tip, a CTTC team was able to arrest them on Friday night,” CTTC Additional Deputy Commissioner Abdul Mannan told the Dhaka Tribune on Saturday morning.
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Media personnel flock around Sohel Mahfuz, one of the planners of the Gulshan attack Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune
A senior CTTC official said Sohel is Nasirullah alias Sahadat Sheikh alias Sohail who is wanted in India for the infamous Khagragarh blast case.
India's National Investigation Agency put a Rs10 lakh bounty on him.
CTTC officials also said the media would be briefed later.
On July 1, 2016, Bangladesh witnessed the deadliest terror attack in its history: Armed militants entered an upscale eatery in Dhaka’s diplomatic hub and killed 22 people, including 17 foreigners and two policemen.
Investigators say Mahfuz supplied the explosives used in the attack.
It is also believed that he is one of the founding members of the old JMB.
Mahfuz, who lost a hand while making bombs, thereby earning him his title "Hatkata", has managed to evade arrest for almost two decades.