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Bangla court sends Dhaka cafe attack bomb supplier to remand

Bangla court sends Dhaka cafe attack bomb supplier to remand”

Sohel Mahfuz was arrested along with three other suspected members of Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, or JMB, said T M Mojahidul Islam, the police chief in Chapainawabganj district.He said Mahfuz, thought to be one of the top planners of the cafe attack, was taken to the capital, Dhaka, for interrogation.

The court of Metropolitan Magistrate KHN Twaha granted police seven days in custody. He had supplied the explosives for the terror attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in July a year ago in which over 20 people, mostly foreigners, were killed.

Mahfuz is also wanted in India for an October 2014 explosion in a house in Khagragarh in Burdwan district of West Bengal, that left two persons dead.

Investigators say Mahfuz supplied the grenades.

On the night of Jul 1, 2016, five terrorists shouting "Allahu Akbar" stormed the eatery, which was popular among foreigners in Dhaka.

Some 60 suspects, including some JMB commanders, have been killed in raids across Bangladesh since July 1.

Bangladesh police have reportedly so far hunted down and killed at least 40 militants linked to the cafe attack, including mastermind Tamim Chowdhury who was killed in a police raid on Aug 27 past year.

Police had said they needed to catch five suspects, including Mahfuz, to complete their investigation.

The Dhaka Metropolitan Police Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit arrested Sohel Mahfuz and three of his accomplices from a mango grove in Chapainawabganj area.

A senior counterterrorism officer said Mahfuz had been in India from 2009 to 2014 using the alias Nasrullah and headed the JMB's West Bengal chapter.



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