Police said that the bomber who attacked a crowd outside the infamous Atia Mahal in Sylhet on March 25 has been identified as one Ashraful Alam Nazim.
“Ashraful is from the Sonaimuri upazilla of Noakhali. Law enforcement agencies are gathering further details,” said Moulvibazar Police Superintendent Mohammed Shahjahan.
The police official made the announced at a press briefing on Monday afternoon.
Ashraful’s body was among those recovered from the Borohat militant den in Moulvibazar during Operation Maximus.
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Army commandos are seen standing beside a armoured personnel carrier which rammed through the boundary walls of Atia Mahal, where a number of militants were holed in on Sunday; March 26, 2017 ISPR
Noakhali Local UP Member Motaher said Ashraful had passed Dakhil and Alim from Korihati Saleh Mia Alia Madrasa in Sonaimuri upazila in Noakhali, quoting Ashraful’s mother Monowara Begum.
Monowara had also said Ashraful had gone to live with her father in Dhaka to become a Quranic scholar but he had stopped communicating with her over the past nine months.
Atia Mahal was the five-storey militant hideout in South Surma’s Shibbari area that was raided by para-commandos in Operation Twilight. Police had cordoned off the building on March 24.
On March 25, two explosions approximately 250m away from Atia Mahal killed six, including RAB Intelligence Wing Chief Lt Col Abul Kalam Azad, and injured over 40.
Initially thought to be a suicide attack as Islamic State claimed responsibilities, the police later revealed that the explosions were from “time bomb-like devices" used by Ashraful, who had travelled from the Borohat den to back up his counterparts in Atia Mahal.