The attack on July 1 at Holey Artisan Bakery, Dhaka has put the country on war frontline. Bangladesh, officially a secular state, has 90 percent Muslims among its total population of 160 million.
The attack on the café came out as a setback for the country as it has pushed back the government and the country on the global war frontline. All the seven militants involved in the attack were highly educated. Three of them were under the age of 22.
According to Bangladeshi officials, Nibras Islam, one of the three attackers identified so far, studied at North-South University, an elite private-sector university. Meer Shameeh Mubasher and Rohan Imtiaz were students of the top-notch Scholastica School.
Shockingly, one of the militant is found to be the son of ruling party Awami League’s leader.
According to BD News, Rohan Ibne Imtiaz, son of S M Imtiaz Khan Babul, a senior leader of Bangladesh’s ruling party and Olympic Association’s Deputy Secretary General, has been identified as one of the attackers.
Eighteen of the 20 victims were found to be foreigners including India’s Tarushi Jain (18). Tarushi along with her friends Abinta Kabir (19) and Faraaz Ayaaz Hossain (20), all were alumni of the American School. The school has been shut down to pay homage to their ex-students.
The Jain family will receive the body of Tarushi at the Army Stadium. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to offer tribute to all victims at the same stadium.
Hours later, IS claimed the responsibility of the attack but Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the media that the six militants were well-educated men who were extremism “fashionable”, denying any associations with the Islamic State terror group.
According to Khan “They are all Bangladeshis. They are from rich families, they have good educational background and have no connections with the Islamic State”.
Also, the government claimed that the killers were members of a local outfit, Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), a group banned over a decade ago.
So far the police has made two arrests in connection with the attacks. However, their identity hasn’t been disclosed yet.