Original story: 7/26/16
Bangladesh police were in a gunfight with 11 jihadists that were planning an attack similar to the Dhaka cafe ambush that occurred earlier in the year. Nine of the terrorists were killed, one wounded and detained and the last one escaped. The detained militant, Raqibul Hasan, went missing in the town that several of the Dhaka cafe attackers were from. He was supposed to have been studying for medical entrance exams.
Police believe the terrorists were from the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group who pledged devotion to the Islamic State. The militants yelled ‘Allahu akbar’ during the gunfight. The terrorists were from affluent, well-educated families. Source: Reuters: Bangladesh police kill nine militants plotting major attack
Update: 7/28/16: Bangladesh-American militant identified
One of the militants killed was a Bangladesh-American, Shazad Rouf, 24. Rouf possessed an American passport and was reported missing by his father. Rouf was also wanted by police for suspicion of plotting a subversive act. Rouf’s friend, Nibras Islam was also wanted by the police. It is believed he is one of the cafe attackers. Eight of the nine attackers have been identified. Source: Reuters: Dead Bangladesh-American suspect was friend of cafe attacker: police
Update: 8/02/16: Father of Bangladesh-American shocked at son’s involvement
Towhid Rouf, the father of Shazad Rouf Orko, is having a difficult time believing that his son affiliated with Islamist militants. Towhid left behind an audio recording calling his family apostates and denouncing them. As he viewed his son’s body, he remembers Orko as a gifted musician and an MBA student at Dhaka’s North South University. Source: AP: Bangladeshi struggles with son’s fatal fall into militancy