Dhaka attack: New CCTV footage identifies 4 suspected terrorists


dhaka attackBangladesh’s elite security force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on July 19, released  new CCTV footage of four suspected terrorists linked to the country’s worst terror attack by Islamic State (IS) that killed 22 people at Holey Artisan cafe in Dhaka.

The released footage taken from cameras around the Dhaka cafe in the diplomatic Gulshan Enclave, shows four suspected terrorists, including a woman, strolling around the Spanish restaurant ahead of the attack. The young woman was seen carrying something heavy in a vanity bag. Due to some reasons, their faces are not clear in the footage.

According to RAB, the four are likely to have been involved in the July 1 attack where the army killed six terrorists. The security force also sought people’s help to identify the suspected terrorists in order to track them down.

Meanwhile, the crime buster also published a list of around 261 missing Bangladeshi’s from 39 districts of the country. The list was published on social networking site, Facebook, around midnight, calling on citizens to report the whereabouts of the missing persons.

The list was made after the police and parents said the five attackers at the cafe and at least two gunmen at the Eid carnage had been missing for months.

RAB chief Benazir Ahmed asked for people’s cooperation in the search of these missing persons. “If there are any missing family members, please tell us, don’t be afraid that law enforcement agencies will take your sons away. Their lives and other lives can be saved if they are found,” he said.

According to local media reports, dozens of people, including a fair number of doctors, engineers and students from different universities traveled up to the Middle East to join the IS.

The government launched the campaign to account for the country’s missing when in one case, engineer Najibullah Ansari’s family reached out to the police and informed them that he’s been missing for over a year and tried to contact his younger brother in January 2015 through Facebook saying that he’s in Iraq and fighting with jihadists.

“I have come to Iraq. Tell father and mother not to worry for me. I have come here for jihad. I will never return home,” read his message.