Bangladesh has pressed charges against several suspects; home minister said all terrorists were Bangladeshi nationals
Dhaka: Bangladesh yesterday pressed anti-terrorism charges against several suspects and identified the fifth assailant in the country’s worst terror attack.
The Dhaka attackers (from left) Ripon, Rohan Imtiaz, Meer Saameh Mubasser, Nibras Islam and Bikash. File Pic
The charges against the suspects in the case were filed at Gulshan Police Station at midnight, Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque said. "We filed the case under the Anti-terrorism Act...five men have been made accused by their names and several others as unidentified accused," the duty officer of the police station said.
Investigators earlier yesterday said they have identified the fifth of six assailants who carried out the carnage. "We now know the background of another slain assailant, who until months ago was studying at a government college in Bogra," said a police officer familiar with the investigation.
All were Bangladeshis
"Six bodies were initially thought to be of terrorists but later five of them have been identified by their parents...Evidence suggest they are militants," said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan. "All the slain militants are Bangladeshis and belong to different home-grown extremist groups," he added.
Khan declined to reply questions from reporters about the identity of the sixth slain suspect and the lone surviving attacker who has been captured alive.
Imtiaz Khan, a Bangladeshi politician, whose son Rohan was one of the terrorists who carried out the Dhaka attack, has said he was “stunned” to learn about his son’s involvement in the assault. “My son used to pray five times a day from a young age. But we never imagined this. There was nothing at home, no books or anything to indicate he was leaning that way,” he said. Rohan was shot dead by security forces during the siege.