A suspected militant believed to be the trainer of the July cafe attack perpetrators in Dhaka was killed in a gunfight with security forces late Friday in the Bangladeshi capital, police said.
The gunfight, which left two police officers wounded, erupted Friday night in the Rupnagar neighbourhood when authorities raided a militant hideout in the area, officer Sanwar Hossain said.
He said the man killed was identified as Murad, alias Major Murad, who allegedly trained the militants who carried out the July 1 attack on Holey Artisan Bakery.
Twenty civilians, mostly foreign nationals, were killed in the cafe attack before army commandos stormed the restaurant and gunned down six suspected attackers. Two police officers were killed during the operation.
On August 27, security forces killed three suspected militants including BangladeshI-origin Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, who was identified as one of the masterminds of the attack in Narayanganj town, 20 kilometers east of Dhaka.
Chowdhury, a leader of the banned Islamist group Jamaatul Mujaheedin Bangladesh, was trained in Syria and had planned almost all recent attacks in Bangladesh, according to police chief Shahidul Hoque.
Murad was one of his close associates, said Monirul Islam, chief of the Bangladesh police counterterrorism unit.
On July 26, nine militants were killed during a police raid in the Kalyanpur neighbourhood of Dhaka.