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May 1, 2017

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Bangladesh cafe attack backer 'joins IS in Syria'

DHAKA--Bangladesh police said Tuesday they have identified three people as financial backers of a group blamed for a deadly attack on a cafe, including a doctor who joined Islamic State jihadists in Syria.

Gunmen raided the cafe in a smart Dhaka neighborhood on July 1 and killed 20 mostly foreign hostages, the deadliest in a series of such attacks which have blighted Bangladesh in the last three years.

The IS group claimed responsibility for the carnage but the government blamed a new faction of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). It launched a major crackdown against the local militant group that left 40 members dead.

Dhaka police counter-terrorism chief Monirul Islam said two suspected militants, including a retired army major, have been identified as funding the JMB. They were killed in police raids last month.

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