Bangladesh: Officials named attackers of Dhaka's Holey cafe
July 4, Dhaka: Bangladeshi officials have named five of the men who carried out the country's worst terror attack on Friday and said they were known to police.
Twenty hostages, most of them foreign, were killed when Islamist militants stormed a cafe in the capital, Dhaka on Saturday.
Two police officers also died and 30 were injured and after a 12-hour siege commandos rescued 13 people.
The so-called Islamic State (IS) group said it was behind the attack but the government has denied this, reports said.
Bangladesh's home minister said on Sunday that the attackers belonged to a local militant group which has been banned for more than a decade.
They are members of the Jamaeytul Mujahdeen Bangladesh and they have no connections with the Islamic State. Khan said the men made no demands during the attack.
He said three of the gunmen were under 22 and had been missing for six months.
Police chief Shahidul Hoque made some of the men's first names public: Akash, Bikash, Don, Bandhon and Ripon.
Six attackers were killed in the raid on the Holey Artisan cafe in Gulshan. A seventh man was arrested and is still being questioned. It is not yet clear what involvement he had in the attack.
IS had earlier released photographs of the alleged attackers posing in front of a black IS flag.
The men were are said to belong to well-to-do local families and studied in private schools and universities, not in Islamic seminaries or madrassas, where many Islamist militant groups are thought to draw recruits, BBC reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network