DHAKA Oct 18 Bangladesh police said on Tuesday
they had identified three people as the main providers of
finance for an attack on a cafe in which 22 people were killed,
The July attack in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter was claimed by
the jihadist group Islamic State and was one of the most brazen
in Bangladesh, hit by a spate of killings of liberals and
members of religious minorities in the past year.
Police identified one of the three as a doctor who left
Bangladesh for Syria, who provided 8 million taka ($100,000) to
a faction of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), known as New
JMB, counter-terrorism police chief Monirul Islam said.
The other two died in shootouts with police, he told a news
Police believe that New JMB, which has pledged allegiance to
Islamic State, was involved in organising the cafe attack.
Police have killed more than three dozen suspected militants
in shootouts since the cafe attack, including its presumed
mastermind, Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed
(Reporting by Ruma Paul; Editing by Nick Macfie)