Bangladesh kills two suspects linked to 2016 Dhaka cafe attack

Bangladesh security forces on Monday (April 29) killed at least two people suspected of belonging to an Islamist militant group behind a deadly cafe attack in Dhaka in 2016, police said after a raid at a tin-shed hideout in the capital.

Police cordoned off the area after receiving information about the presence of suspected members of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh, a home-grown militant group that killed 22 people in the cafe attack.

“At least two terrorists were killed in this operation,” Mohammad Mufti Mahmud Khan, director of the legal and media wing of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), told reporters as the operations continued and added that the special forces were still trying to remove a ‘huge amount of explosives’ at the site.

Bangladesh launched a crackdown on militancy after the cafe attack as part of what Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina calls a “zero tolerance” policy.

(Production: Rafiqur Rahman, Mark Ho)

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