Bangladesh 'cafe attack planner killed' in police raid
Bangladeshi police say they have stormed a hideout near Dhaka and killed the suspected planner of a cafe attack last month that left 22 people dead.
"Tamim Chowdhury is dead," said senior police officer Sanwar Hossain, referring to the Bangladeshi-Canadian suspected mastermind.
Three other suspected militants were killed by police during the raid.
The cafe attack began on 1 July when the militants entered the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka.
They held hostages for 12 hours before police stormed the cafe, rescuing 13, killing six gunmen and arresting another.
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Twenty hostages and two police officers were killed in the attack, the worst in the country's history.
The so-called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government dismissed the group's claim, saying it was the work of domestic militants from a banned Islamist group, Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB).
"Tamim Chowdhury is dead," Mr Hossain said. "He is the... attack mastermind and the leader of JMB".
Police earlier engaged in an hour-long gun battle with extremists at Paikpara in Narayanganj, 25km (16 miles) south of Dhaka, he added.
Chowdhury returned to Bangladesh from Canada in 2013.