Pak’s ISI suspected of link to Bangladesh attack: top official

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Dhaka, July 3: The deadly terror attack on Dhaka which saw 20 hostages hacked to death at a cafe on Saturday night was likely enabled by Pakistan’s powerful ISI or military spy agency, a top official told NDTV today.

Hossain Toufique Imam is the political advisor to Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. HT Imam told NDTV that the manner in which the hostages, which included 19-year-old Indian student Tarishi Jain, were killed with machetes suggests the role of a local terrorist group, the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.

“Pakstan’s ISI and Jamaat connection is well known…they want to derail the current government,” HT Imam told NDTV, adding “all victims were hacked to death like Jamaat and local terror groups do”.Security personnel outside the Holey Artisan restaurant where Gunmen had taken hostages in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave.

ISIS had claimed responsibility for the terror strike which also killed two policemen. Six terrorists were killed and one was captured alive in the 11-hour siege.

The government has said that all of the attackers were well-educated and most came from wealthy families.

“They are all highly educated young men and went to university,” said Bangladesh’s Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan to news agency AFP.

The government has consistently denied that international jihadist groups are operating in Bangladesh.

“The arrested terrorist chickened out at the last minute and he holds the key” to crucial details, the PM’s advisor told NDTV.

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