Early on Saturday, the Bangladeshi police scored a major victory against terrorism and radicalism in the country with the killing of July 1-2 Dhaka terror attack mastermind Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury. Chowdhury, a Canadian-Bangladeshi was also accused of the assault on an Eid congregation days after the Gulshan attack which left 24 dead, including two police officers.
The police launched its assault following information given by an arrested JMB operative that terrorists were hiding at a three-storey house in Narayanganj Sadar.
Two other terrorists have been killed along with Tamim but their identities are not known as yet.
Operation Hit Strong 27, as the offensive was termed, involved a joint team from Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit of the Bangladesh security forces. Monirul Islam, chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism unit, said that the terrorists fire at the forces when the latter tried to enter the house.
According to the police, Chowdhury might have established connections abroad during his stay in Canada to help finance his terror network. This is the second major success for the police against terrorists involved in the Dhaka attack. On July 26, nine terrorists were gunned down in Dhaka’s Kalyanpur.
On the fateful intervening night of July 1-2, five terrorists killed 22 civilians of different nationalities in the Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan neighbourhood of Dhaka.
The victims included an Indian student, Tarishi Jain. Most of the deceased were Italian and Japanese. Chowdhury returned to Bangladesh from Canada in 2013. He carried on his head a reward of Taka 2 million announced after the Dhaka attack. Though the Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the cafe attack, Bangladeshi authorities blamed JMB for it.