Bangladesh Cafe Siege Mastermind Eliminated

The Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year's deadly siege at a Bangladeshi cafe was shot dead in Dhaka during a pre-dawn raid Friday according to latest from Agence France-Presse. The attack in the popular café was carried out by home grown Bangladeshi youths and according to the police Nurul Islam Marzan and another suspected extremist were found after officers raided a property in the capital's Rayer Bazar neighbourhood. This information was released from the spokesman for the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.

Inspector General of Police A.K.M Shahidul Haque said " Marzan and his associate Saddam died in an encounter with police," "He (Marzan) was the operational commander of July cafe attack. He was one of the masterminds of it." Additional deputy commissioner Yusuf Ali told Marzan, who was aged around 30 was "one of the masterminds" of the siege at the upmarket Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1 last year in which 18 foreign hostages were shot or hacked to death.

After the brazen attack in the café Bangladesh security forces launched a deadly crackdown against Islamist extremists. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina who has taken a no nonsense approach towards Islamist was quick to act after this attack because it undermined Bangladesh's reputation as a progressive & moderate Muslim nation. After the terror attack in cafe attack, security forces have shot around 50 Islamist extremists.