RAB releases CCTV footage, urges people to help arrest 4 suspects

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Dhaka, July 19: Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on Tuesday released CCTV footage that  shows suspected attackers of last month’s attack and seize of Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery by Islamist militant which claimed 22 lives.

RAB posted the video on its Facebook page apparently containing footages from late evening of 1st July, minutes before 6 gunmen stormed the cafe, popularly known as ‘Holey Bread’ at Dhaka’s Gulshan diplomatic zone.

“Four new individuals identified as suspects in Gulshan attack. If you know them, contact any close-by battalion or camp,” reads the message accompanying the video on RAB’s Facebook page. The elite force asked people to contact +88 0177-772-0050 with information on these suspects.

The video footage shows four individuals, including one woman, walking on Road No. 75 and Road No. 79 of Gulshan area on the night of attack. They were seen coming and going several times, and also talking to each other. They were staying at the same place.

Besides, RAB is suspecting a silver-colour microbus. RAB’s Legal and Media Wing director Mohammad Mufti Mahmud said the four individuals were suspected examining the video footages. “They might have been involved in the attack on Gulshan Artisan Restaurant on July 1,” he told reporters.

He also requested all if anyone could identify the individuals witnessing the video footages.

The seize of upscale eatery on Road 79 continued till next day morning with 20 civilians including nine Italian, seven Japanese and one Indian citizens shot down and hacked to death by the militants. Two Bangladesh police officers were also gunned down by the militants.

The 12-hour-long hostage crisis ended with all of the six gunmen shot down by security forces after a horrific night filled with gunshots, graphic images of slain civilians uploaded on Islamic State affiliated online platform.

The Middle East-based terror outfit IS claimed the responsibility which the Bangladesh government says not true. Bangladeshi security officials say the attackers are affiliated with local militant groups.