IGP finds no IS link with café attack

DHAKA : Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque on Monday said the comment of international security expert Prof Rohan Gunaratna over te presence of international Islamic militant group Islamic State (IS) in Bangladesh is not supportable, reports UNB.
“Police do not support Rohan’s statement regarding IS link with the attack on Gulshan Holy Artisan Cafe; and Bakery,” the IGP said while talking to reporters at Hotel Sonargaon on the sidelines of Chiefs of Police Conference.
In his presentation on ‘Deradicalisation of Militants: An Approach for Disengagement and Reintegration into Society’, Head of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research in Singapore Prof Rohan Gunaratna on the first day of the conference on Sunday said, ‘The group that launched the Gulshan cafe; attack was not the JMB. In fact, it was the IS.
Referring to his comment, the IGP said Prof Rohan is not a police officer….he is a professor, academician and researcher. He has done his academic research on his own.
‘We’ve already arrested a number of militants, But, not a single of them claimed to be the members of IS, said the IGP adding, ‘They (militants) are actually homegrown ones. They might have followed the ideology of IS and footprints in the virtual world, especially through social media.’
The IGP said though IS claimed credit of the Gulshan attack but the international militant outfit did not claim that the militants, who were killed during operations of law enforcement agencies, were members of IS.