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Bangladesh police arrest top militant over cafe attack

The Holey Artisan Bakery has reopened in Dhaka six months after a brutal attack claimed by Islamic State killed 18 foreigners and four Bangladeshis.

By: Eastern Eye Staff

Bangladesh police have arrested an Islamist militant over last year’s deadly Dhaka cafe siege, officials said Saturday (8), as authorities continue to crack down on militant outfits a year after the attack. The counter-terrorism unit arrested Sohel Mahfuz, who allegedly supplied the weapons used in the Holey Artisan Bakery attack where armed gunmen killed at least 22 people, mostly foreigners, after taking them hostage. “He was the supplier of the weapons in the Holey incident. We were hunting him way before the attack,” Abdul Mannan, counter-terrorism additional commissioner, said. Acting on a tip-off, police arrested the 33 year old from the northwestern Chapainawabganj district along with three associates, Mannan said. Mahfuz is the chief…

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