Bangladesh police say leader of cafe attack has been killed

Source: Associated Press

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh police say a militant suspected of being one of the leaders of an attack on a popular cafe in Bangladesh’s capital that left 20 people dead last year has been killed in a shootout with security officials.

Counterterrorism unit head Monirul Islam said Nurul Islam Marzan was one of two people killed in a shootout early Friday in Dhaka. He did not provide details. Also killed was Saddam Hossain, an accomplice of Marzan, said Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal.

Police had said earlier that Marzan was one of the leaders of the July 1 attack on a Dhaka restaurant where 20 hostages, including 17 foreigners, were killed.

Khan said Saddam was involved in many killings including the slaying of a Japanese citizen in the hands of the suspected militants in the country’s northern Bangladesh in recent years.

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