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Son of senior Awami League leader among Dhaka attackers: Bangladesh media report

TerrorInDhaka Updated: Jul 04, 2016 00:38 IST
Dhaka hostage crisis

A Bangladeshi policeman keeps guard near a group of peace activists who had come together to sing and light candles in a park following an attack and seige in Dhaka .(AFP Photo)

The son of a senior leader of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League could be one of the seven attackers who hacked to death 20 hostages at a restaurant in Dhaka’s diplomatic enclave, a media report said on Sunday.

Rohan Ibne Imtiaz, the son of SM Imtiaz Khan Babul, a leader of the party’s Dhaka City chapter and Bangladesh Olympic Association’s deputy secretary general, has been identified as one of the attackers by another Awami League leader, BD News reported.

Babul lodged a police complaint on January 4 this year stating that his son had been missing.

“We have identified him (Rohan) as Imtiaz Babul’s son after going through the pictures that came up in the media and on Facebook,” Mukul Chowdhury, a vice-president of the recently-defunct Awami League’s Dhaka City unit committee, was quoted as saying.

Babul was the youth and sports secretary of the same committee Chowdhury had served.

HT could not independently verify the details of the report.

Rohan completed his A-levels from Scholastica, known as a school for the children of well-to-do families in Dhaka. His mother is a teacher at the school.

Former classmates have uploaded a photo combo in the social media of Rohan with his parents and the photo, monitoring group SITE Intelligence published on Twitter, reportedly released by the Islamic State (IS), as one of the Dhaka cafe attackers.

The hostage crisis at the cafe at Dhaka’s upscale Gulshan neighbourhood ended in bloodbath after army commandos raided and freed 13 hostages.

The army said six attackers had been killed in the countertsrike and that 20 hostages, mostly foreigners, were found slaughtered inside the restaurant.

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Police later released the pictures of five bodies, who they said were the hostage-takers who had been killed in the army assault.

But Rohan was not among them, said relatives. His name also did not come up with the pictures posted by police.

Another group of terrorism observers, Terrorism Monitor, identified the same persons as Abu Omar, Abu Salmah, Abu Rahim, Abu Muslim and Abu Muharib al-Bengali.”

The names provided by police are ‘Akash’, ‘Bikash’, ‘Don’, ‘Badhon’ and ‘Ripon’.

Bangladeshi policemen guard a check point where floral arrangements were left by wellwishers. (AFP)

Inspector General of Police A K M Shahidul Hoque told the media on Sunday the five attackers were members of militant outfit Jamaa’tul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).

He claimed that they had been looking for them for quite some time.

Chowdhury said he had failed to contact Babul since Rohan’s photos started emerging in the media.

According to the police complaint filed by Rohan’s father, the 20-year-old was a business student at BRAC University here.

It says that Babul went to India on December 25 last year to get his wife treated and on December 30, he was informed from Dhaka that Rohan had not come back home.

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