Bangladesh police arrest café attack suspect

  • 15/01/2017
Bangladesh cafe attacker arrested
Jahangir Alam, in the police vest and helmet, was detained late on Friday (Reuters)

Bangladesh police say they've arrested one of the men behind a militant attack on a Dhaka cafe last year that killed 22 people, mostly foreigners.

Jahangir Alam was detained late on Friday during a raid in Tangail, about 100km northwest of the capital, the head of the counter-terrorism police, Monirul Islam, told reporters.

"He was one of the masterminds," Mr Islam said.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the July 1 assault, when gunmen charged into the cafe in the diplomatic quarter. Nine Italians, seven Japanese, an American and an Indian were among the dead.

Bangladeshi authorities say they suspect the involvement of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), an outlawed domestic group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Mr Islam said the arrested man had been a commander for the group in the north of the country.

Police have killed about 50 suspected militants in shootouts since the attack, including the man they say was its main planner, Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury.