All the militants involved in Holey Artisan attack have either been killed or arrested in various anti-militant drives by law enforcers. The law enforcing agencies are always on their toes to make sure that such deadly attack do not recur in Bangladesh. Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit chief Monirul Islam said this while talking to journalists after paying floral wreath at the memorial of the victims of Holey Artisan café attack in the city’s Gulshan area on Monday, on the occasion of the third anniversary of the grisly attack.
Monirul Islam said, “On this day three years ago, 22 people including two policemen were killed in a brutal militant attack on Holey Artisan. First, I pray to the Almighty for the salvation of the departed souls and express my condolence to the bereaved families.” “Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has taken various initiatives including collecting information of citizens, conducting anti-militant drives and arranging awareness raising programmes,” he said, adding “We believe that Bangladesh will be free from militancy through joint collaboration of law enforcers with mass people.”
“As a result of constant vigil and regular drives against terrorists after the Holey Artisan Café attack, major militant groups have lost their capacity to carry out any organised attack,” Monirul noted. Replying to a query from a journalist as to whether the police have any specific information about Bangladeshi nationals who have gone to Syria to join terrorist group IS and if they will be brought back to the country if someone of them wants to come back, Monirul Islam mentioned that it is difficult to find specific information about the Bangladeshi nationals who had gone to Syria. However, many Bangladeshis and nationals of other countries went to join IS and many of them have been killed.
The CTTC boss refrained from commenting on how the Bangladeshi nationals who have joined IS can be brought back. He said whether they can be brought back depends on the legal procedure.