The hand-made grenades used by Dhaka attackers are considered signature improvised explosive device (IED) of banned terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and two of its men died making similar kind of grenades in Burdwan in West Bengal in 2014, counter terror officials told HT.
A team of experts from the National Security Guard (NSG), the country’s elite anti-terror commando force, will visit Bangladesh to study and analyse the tactics adopted by the Dhaka attackers and their weapons and explosives.
The Bangaldeshi counter terror officials have informed their Indian counter parts that initial probe indicates involvement of JMB cadres – who may have later drawn towards the Islamic State later – in the attack Dhaka attack resulting in killing of 20 foreigners.
According to the NIA probe into the Burdwan case, the JMB had formed a network to train its cadres in the bordering areas of West Bengal and established a bomb factory as well.
“The NIA recovered 94 grenades during the probe into JMB’s activities in India. Besides, the federal anti-terror agency also found that hundreds of such grenades were fabricated in India and then shifted to the JMB hideouts in the Rajshahi division of Bangladesh. One of key JMB cadres who used to ferry such grenades, Kausar alias Bomaru Mizan, is still on the run,” said an NIA official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
In all, the NIA identified 30 JMB cadres during its probe. The agency manages to arrest 20 of them and 10 are still absconding. Out of the absconders, six are Bangladeshis including Kausar.
“In Bogra of Bangladesh, another accidental blast at an alleged JMB hideout again resulted in killing of two persons in April this year. We were told that Bomaru Mizan was one who had established the hideout where explosion took place,” said the NIA official.
The Dhaka Tribune quoted a police official in Bogra as saying one of the Holey Artisan Bakery attackers was Bogra and he was listed out as a terror suspect whom the police was looking for.
The police official said one of his JMB associates was arrested in April this year along with an AK-22 rifle, one of the weapons used by the bakery attackers.