A Windsor man who had been identified as the head of an Islamic State-linked group in Bangladesh has been killed in a raid near the city of Dhaka.
Police said Saturday that four suspected militants, including Tamim Chowdhury, were killed in a raid on a two-story house outside of Bangladesh’s most-populated city.
Police allege Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi-born Canadian who formerly lived in Windsor, was one of two masterminds of the July 1 attack on a popular restaurant in Dhaka that left 20 people dead. He’s also accused of being behind the attack on an Eid congregation outside Dhaka on July 7 marking the end of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.
The militants were part of the banned group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, or JMB, according to police officials in the country. Bangladesh’s police chief A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque told reporters Saturday that they attacked the house after receiving a tip that Chowdhury, along with other suspects, were hiding in the building.
Chowdhury reportedly went to J.L. Forster Secondary School in Windsor before graduating from the University of Windsor in 2011 with an honours degree in Chemistry.
The July 1 attack on the upscale Holey Artisan Bakery left 20 people dead, including 17 foreigners. The following attack, on July 7, led to the death of two citizens and two police officers.
The pro-ISIS group Chowdhury has been said to lead has been an active one, claiming responsibility for a series of recent attacks on secular and atheist bloggers, activists, journalists, academics and LGBTQ people, as well as attacks on Shiite mosques in the country.
The Bangladeshi government, however, has been reluctant to admit the so-called Islamic State has a presence in the country.
With files from Global News