Top Neo Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leader Nurul Islam Marzan, who supervised the Gulshan café attack on 1 July, and one of his associates killed in a reported gunfight with police at Rayerbazar Beri Badh in Mohammadpur in the early hours of Friday, said police.
Another deceased is Saddam, resident of Kurigram.
Police said Sadam was a listed accused in several sensational killing cases of last year like Japanese Hoshi Kunio killing case in Rangpur, priest Jageshwar killing case of Panchagarah, Hossain Ali killing case in Kurigram, and Bohai leader murder attempt.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Additional Deputy Commissioner (Media) Mohammad Yusuf Ali said a gunfight took place between the activists of Neo-JMB andCounter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit members, which left Marzan and his associate dead on the spot.
CTTC Deputy Commissioner (DC) Mohibul Islam said being tipped off about violent act police set a check post at Mohammadpur Beri Badh area at about 2:30am. Two men riding a motorcycle were crossing the check post, when police asked them to stop. However, the motorcycle riders overlooked police’s order and hurled around three grenades to them. Police also opened fire to them and at one stage the passengers of the motorcycle received bullets. Later, police took them to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared them dead.
The DC said police also recovered a pistol, three bullets, and some explosives from the spot.
Police claim four police members were also injured during the gunfight. They were taken to Razarbag Police Lines Hospital.
Marzan was said to be the ‘operational commander’ of Neo-JMB. CTTC unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), officials claimed Marzan was an expert in information and communication technology of the banned militant outfit.
Marzan, who studied Arabic at Chittagong University, had disappeared a year ago from his family’s village in Pabna district, 160 km (100 miles) north of Dhaka, police said.
According to DMP additional commissioner Monirul Islam, also the chief of the CTTC unit, the name of Marzan surfaced during the investigation into the Gulshan Holey Artisan Bakery attack.
After interrogating some suspected Islamist militants both in Dhaka and North Bengal, they have confirmed that Marzan was staying in Kalyanpur from where he contacted and monitored the Gulshan attackers, he had said.