Bangladesh cafe attack backer 'joins IS in Syria'
October 19, 2016, 12:17 am TWN
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.