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Bangladeshi Investigators release picture of Dhaka cafe terror attack ‘coordinator’ Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury

The investigators believe Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury masterminded the attack and on August 2, police have put 20 lakh ($25,511) reward on him

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August 12, 2016: Bangladeshi investigators have released a photo of a suspect who they believe was the “coordinator” of the deadly Dhaka cafe terror attack which left at least 22 people, mostly foreigners, dead, the media reported on Friday.

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The suspect, who appears to be in his twenties, was identified as Marjan, Dhaka Tribune quoted a counter-terrorism unit official as saying.

The official said the terrorists had sent “protected text” which likely included photos and regular updates from inside the Holey Artisan Bakery to a link and Marjan had the password to access them.

The suspect, a Bangladeshi and likely highly educated coordinated with the attackers as well as the mastermind during the events of July 1 night, the official added.

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“He is a second-tier (militant) leader,” the official said, adding that they were not sure about his true identity but arrested JMB members had identified him as “Marjan”.

Investigators did not have more information at the moment, he added.

The investigators believe Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury masterminded the attack. On August 2, police put a Taka 20 lakh ($25,511) reward on him. Tamim is believed to be hiding in Dhaka. (IANS)

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The Son Of The Islamic State leader al-Baghdadi Dies: IS

Al-Baghdadi's fate is still unknown

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This image from video posted in July purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq, July 5, 2014. Islamic State media has announced the death of the leader's son.
This image from video posted in July purports to show Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi delivering a sermon in Iraq, July 5, 2014. Islamic State media has announced the death of the leader's son. VOA

The son of the Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died in a suicide attack mission in the city of Homs in western Syria, according to the IS media al-Nashir News.

Posting the photograph of a young boy, purportedly Hudhayfah al-Badri, al-Baghdadi’s son, the outlet said he lost his life in an operation against the Russian forces deployed in Homs and the Syrian government forces, referred to as Nusayriyyah by IS.

“Hudhayfah al-Badri (may Allah accept him), the son of the Caliph (may Allah safeguard him), was killed in an inghimasi [suicide] operation against the Nusayriyyah and the Russians at the thermal power station in Homs Willayah,” the news outlet reported.

Inghimasi refers to suicide operations in which a fighter, clad with explosive belt and armed with regular weapons, attacks an enemy position before detonating himself to inflict as much damage on the enemy as possible.

The U.S. military said it has seen the reports of al-Badri’s death but declined any confirmation.

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on an attack on forces outside the Coalition. We have nothing more to provide,” U.S. Central Command told VOA.

An Iraqi national, al-Baghdadi, whose real name is Ibrahim Awad al-Badri, announced the Islamic State caliphate in the city of Mosul in June 2014 and made himself its caliph. The leader has since become the world’s most wanted man, with a $25 million bounty on his head.

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Al-Baghdadi’s fate is still unknown, with various reports claiming his death and injury several times, including a claim by the Russian Defense Ministry that he might have been hit by a Russian airstrike in 2017.

Those claims have been rejected by U.S. officials and the whereabouts of the elusive leader remain unknown.

Al-Baghdadi’s infamous role in IS has put a spotlight on his family. In March 2014, al-Baghdadi’s wife, Sujidah al-Dulaimi, was released, along with her two sons and daughter, in exchange for 13 nuns taken captive by al-Qaida-linked al-Nusra Front militants.

Also read: Will the Latest Message From Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Provoke New Attacks in the West?

It was reported that only the girl was al-Baghdadi’s daughter. The two boys belonged to a man his wife had married before meeting al-Baghdadi. (IANS)