The terrorist who died in Azimpur on Saturday night was the most important person in New Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB) after Tamim Chowdhury, police have said.
Shamser Uddin alias Jamshed Hossain alias Abdul Karim, who killed himself during a raid at the Azimpur den had been coordinating the terror group after the death of Tamim, who masterminded the Gulshan attack.
Shamser was a close and trusted aide of Tamim. Under his instructions, Shamser planned attacks, provided training and implemented targets.
Police earlier claimed Zahidul alias Maj (retd) Murad, killed in Dhaka’s Rupnagar on September 2, was Tamim’s second-in-command.
After Tamim’s death, Shamser was the interim head of the organisation. He was planning to reorganise the group and carry out more attacks. He was collecting money and arms. Police found four guns and Tk3 lakh at the den.
On the other hand, Shamser committed suicide with sharp weapons, said the autopsy doctors of Dhaka Medical College Forensic department Sohel Mahmud.
Police found an NID in the den which identified the man as Shamser Uddin from Boalia Rajshahi, but Rajshahi police are not certain about this identity.
Of the three children detained from the den, the teenage boy who called himself Rasel claimed Shamser was his father and his name was Jamshed.
Rasel and the other children, Pinky and Ruhi, were sent to the victim support centre in Dhaka.
Planning more attacks
According to the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit officials, New JMB has become weak after the deaths of its many agents since the Gulshan attack. Shamser was trying to revive the group, communicating with fugitive militants and planning more attacks.
He also communicated with local and international militants. Before the Gulshan attack, he conducted training and motivated the militant in Basundhara flat.
They also trained another hideout, which the police have not yet found, sources said.
Sanwar Hossain, additional deputy commissioner of CT unit’s bomb disposal unit, told Dhaka Tribune that in primary investigation they found that after the death of Tamim Shamser played an important role.
A CT unit source said Shamser rented the flat on August 1 for a year under the name Jamshed Hossain. He gave an address of Meherchandi Purbopara in Boalia, Rajshahi.
DB Joint Commissioner Abdul Baten disclosed at the DMP Media office. The boy among the three kids rescued during the raid claimed Karim as his father.
‘Suicide to evade arrest’
ADC Sanwar said Shamser committed suicide with a sharp weapon and two other women attempted suicide because they did not want any to face interrogation.
Dhaka Medical College forensic department’s Dr Sohel Mahmud told reporters that the militant Shamser committed suicide with a sharp weapon.
“There is a deep cut on the left side of his neck, three inches long, half-an-inch wide and deep. He did that himself. There are also bomb injuries on the right hand,” he said.
“His body has five injury marks. However, he died from the neck wound,” he added.
Samples have been taken from the autopsy for DNA and drug tests, the doctor said.
‘Murad’s wife left four days ago’
According to the CTTC source, Maj (retd) Murad’s wife Jebunnahar alias Shila alias Soniya was not in the Azimpur den. Four days before the raid, Jebunnahar left that flat with her younger daughter leaving the elder daughter behind.
CT unit officials suspect that after Tamim’s death at Narayanganj, Murad’s family hid at the Azimpur den.
Sources said when the four militants including the three women sensed that the police had found them, they attacked the police and tried to flee the place. One woman got out with knife left her child of 10—11 months behind.
Shamser’s son Rasel has a twin, police said. The other one is also involved in the terror group, they suspect.
Police officers involved in the operation expressed shock at how the terrorists had radicalised their children and abandoned them to face law enforcers by themselves.
Detective police have primarily identified the female militants as Sharmin alias Ruhama, Shayla alias Afra and Khadija alias Hany. They are admitted at the DMCH.
Jasmin Akter, residential surgeon (Casualty department) of DMCH, told Dhaka tribune that of the three women, Khadija and Shaila had stab wounds in different parts of their bodies while Sharmin had bullet injuries. Khadija’s condition was critical, she said.