Bangladesh police ‘kill main Dhaka cafe attack suspect’

Bangladesh police have stormed a house outside the capital, Dhaka, shooting dead three people, including the main suspect in the last month’s cafe attack that killed 22 hostages.

“We can see three dead bodies here,” senior police officer Sanwar Hossain told AFP news agency on Saturday, adding that the dead “most probably” included Bangladeshi-Canadian citizen Tamim Chowdhury.

A team from the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit and police cordoned off the house in Dhaka’s Narayanganj Sadar area this morning on information that suspects were staying there, Mainul Haq, superintendent of Narayanganj police, told The Daily Star newspaper.

As the police tried to enter the house, the suspects opened fire from inside, Haq said.

Al Jazeera’s Tanvir Chowdhury, reporting from Dhaka, said it will likely require relatives to positively identify the body or DNA testing to confirm that the person killed was Tamim Chowdhury, as the police have reported.

“The police do claim a lot [of] things but then later we find out that there are a lot of gaps in the information. So we will have to wait until it’s confirmed,” he said.