JMB chief blamed for Dhaka cafe siege dead, says Bangladesh

The identity of Rahman, who was leader of the Jamayetul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), was later confirmed through his possessions and by his family who were shown pictures of his body. Photograph:( AFP )

Dhaka, Bangladesh Oct 21, 2016, 09.24 AM (IST) Pooja Mehta

The head of banned terror outfit, accused of carrying out a deadly July 1 cafe attack in Dhaka, died during a raid earlier this month,  Bangladesh’s elite anti-terror agency Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) confirmed today. 


Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman tried to jump from the fifth floor of a building to evade arrest during the raid carried out by RAB in Ashulia, a suburban area near Dhaka, on October 8. 


He, however, suffered serious injuries and was later arrested by the agency. He was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to injuries several hours later, officials said. 


“Abdur Rahman died in hospital on October 8 after jumping from the fifth floor of a building on the outskirts of Dhaka while attempting to evade arrest,” a statement from the RAB said.


Rahman is believed to be the mastermind behind the Holey Artisan Bakery siege in the high-security diplomatic zone in Gulshan. As many as 20 foreign nationals who were held hostage were killed by the JMB operatives.


While the Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the attack, the Bangladesh authorities maintain that JMB was behind the siege. 


Sources in the RAB said that his identity was confirmed from his possessions and later his family members recognised him when the pictures of the dead body were shown. 


Last month, the Bangladesh police said that Major Murad, Dhaka attack mastermind's deputy, was killed during a raid in the Rupnagar area. Rahman had reportedly plotted the Dhaka attack with Murad and Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, another accused who was killed in a house raid in Narayanganj on August 27.


As many as 40 JMB operatives and followers have been killed in several raids conducted by the Dhaka police and RAB amid ensuing crackdowns following the Dhaka cafe attack.