It is well known that the gruesome Holey Artisan Bakery attack last July was carried out by five terrorists. After the arrest of suspected militant Aslam Hossain Rashed alias Rash, police said he was the sixth attacker who never made it to the cafe.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit’s chief Monirul Islam made the claim on Saturday, saying: “The New JMB, a new faction of Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), had primarily designed the Gulshan cafe attack to be carried out by their eight dedicated and well-trained members.”
“Rashed was No 6 in the group, but the name of his and the seventh and eighth attackers were dropped at the last moment,” he said.
Monirul did not reveal the identity of the remaining two for what he termed the sake of proper investigation.
In primary interrogation, Rashed, who used to maintain close ties with Tamim, Marjan, Rajib Gandhi and some other militants, said he had become upset hearing the news of his name being removed from the attackers’ list.
He and the two others were, however, kept as “reserve force” for another terrorist attack, Monirul said quoting Rashed.
Learning the development, he had told Tamim Chowdhury, the first chief of New JMB, that he wanted to be Jannati ( a resident of heaven) by being Shaheed (martyr) through the attack.
As a member of the militant group’s recce team, he supplied arms and looked after the five Gulshan attackers. Tamim used to praise him for his dedication and loyalty to the organisation, police said.
“Militants –Chhoto Mizan and Hadisur Rahman Sagar– had brought the firearms and grenades used in the Holey Artisan attack to their Shewrapara hideout,” another CTTC official said, preferring anonymity.
“Rashed and Nurul Islam Marjan, a New JMB’s top leader killed on January 1, received the consignment and took it to a house in Bashundhara Residential Area where he used to stay the five attackers,” he added.