Killed militants linked to Dhaka massacre terrorists
The capital's police chief said that the two terrorist groups have many similarities. They were all young and belonging to good families. University cards found in the apartment of the nine militants killed yesterday. Photos of young people spread on social media to facilitate recognition.
Dhaka (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The nine militants killed yesterday in an operation of the Bangladeshi security forces belong to the same group of Islamic fundamentalist suicide bombers who carried out the Dhaka massacre. This was reported during a press conference given by Police Chief Asaduzzaman Miah. The identity of the young people who were hiding in an apartment of Kallyanpur neighborhood is still unknown, but the first investigations have traced many similarities between the two groups.
Immediately after the assault, the authorities had already declared that it believed that the militants were part of Jama'atul Mujahid Bangladesh (JMB), an Islamist group banned by the government. This was confirmed later in the evening by the Police Chief. He added that the young militants killed in the raid had many similarities with the terrorists who attacked the cafe frequented by foreigners in the diplomatic district of the capital. Miah said: "They were between 20 and 25 years of age. Observing their physical appearance, faces, clothing and manner of expression we know they were well educated and come from a good social background".
At the time of the attack the young people wore blacks Panjabi (tunics to the knee), jeans and sneakers. Seven university cards were found in the apartment and investigators are now assessing their veracity.
Meanwhile yesterday the owner of the building was also arrested on a charge of failing to supply information on tenants and other 41 people. The authorities have used social media to publish photos of militants in an attempt to speed up the recognition process.