Dhaka cafe attack financier joins Islamic State in Syria: Bangladesh police

He provided 8 million Taka ($100,000) for a faction of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), counter-terrorism police chief Monirul Islam said. Photograph:( Getty )

WION Dhaka, Bangladesh Oct 18, 2016, 10.43 AM (IST)

Bangladesh police on Tuesday said it had identified the three key financiers for the deadly Dhaka carnage in July. The police added that one of the men was believed to have left for Syria to join the Islamic State.

Police identified one of the three as a doctor who left Bangladesh with his family for Syria to join the Islamic State, news agency Reuters reported. 

He provided 8 million Taka ($100,000) for a faction of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), known as New JMB, counter-terrorism police chief Monirul Islam said, according to Reuters.

The two other men were identified as a retired army major who donated his savings and pension and a man who donated money from a Dhaka flat sale.

The police chief told a news conference that both the men had died in shootouts with police.

“Some funds also came from abroad. We are trying to identify them,” Islam said.

Police have killed more than three dozen suspected militants in shootouts since the cafe attack, including its presumed mastermind, Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury.

The attack in Dhaka’s diplomatic quarter in July killed 22 people. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack. 

(WION with inputs from Reuters)

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