After SITE Intelligence Group released photos of five Islamic State militants who killed at least 20 people, mostly foreigners, in a cafe in Bangladesh capital Dhaka, former classmates and friends have started identifying the attackers with the help of the social media.
Four of the five attackers have been identified by people on social media, pointing out that most of the attackers had come from affluent families and good schools.
Nibras Islam, one of the attackers whose pictures were released by ISIS, has been recognised by his former classmates in North South University.
An expatriate Bangladeshi has posted on Facebook a photo of one Meer Sabeeh Mubashsher along with the photo of an attacker, which had striking similarities of the two.
He quoted one of Mubashsher’s classmates in Scholastica school in Dhaka, and informed that he had gone missing in March before his A-Level exam.
One Mahbub Rajib posted a family photo of Rohan Imtiaz, also from Scholastica school. Rohan also had striking similarities with one of the attackers.
Andaleeb Ahmed has also been identified by his friend on social media as one of the Gulshan attackers.
Both Nibras Islam and Andaleeb Ahmed were friends and had studied in Monash University Malaysia.
Holey Artisan Bakery, the café in Dhaka’s diplomatic area Gulshan, came under attack on Friday evening by gunmen who shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ while launching the assault.
The assailants killed two policemen after taking a number of hostages inside the café.
Army commandoes then stormed the place on Saturday morning and rescued 13 hostages, killing six attackers and arresting another.
The Army said 20 foreigners were found dead on the premises during the raid.
Terrorism observer group SITE published the photos of the attackers on Saturday night. Police have also released photos of the gunmen killed during the raid. Four persons seemed to be in both sets of photos published by police and IS.
It is not clear whether the other photo published by police is of the same person whose photo IS released.
Police chief AKM Shahidul Hoque said earlier that five of the dead gunmen were listed as militants and police had been looking for them.
Police identified them as ‘Akash’, ‘Bikash’, ‘Don’, ‘Bandhon’, and ‘Ripon’ and did not disclose their full names.