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Bangladesh police kill Canadian suspect in restaurant attack

Bangladeshi authorities say a Canadian man suspected of organizing a deadly attack on a popular restaurant in Dhaka has been killed in a police raid near the capital.

The country’s top counter-terrorism official says officers killed three suspected militants early Saturday, including Bangladeshi-born Canadian Tamim Chowdhury.

He had lived in Ontario with his family and completed a chemistry degree at the University of Windsor but left Canada in 2013 in a suspected attempt to travel to Syria.

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Police look inside the Holey Artisan restaurant after gunmen attacked patrons last month. (Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

Police accuse Chowdhury of being one of two masterminds behind the July attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery that left 20 people dead, 17 of them foreigners.

He’s also suspected to have led a July 7 attack on a prayer gathering near Dhaka that left four people dead, including two police officers.

Police sharpshooters raided a two-story house in Narayanganj district near the capital, Dhaka, after receiving a tip that Chowdhury and others were hiding there, top counterterrorism official Monirul Islam said.

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Bangladeshi soldiers stormed the restaurant, which was popular with foreigners, after heavily armed militants attacked it and took several hostages. (Associated Press)

Global Affairs Canada issued a statement Saturday saying it was “aware of news reports that Tamim Chowdhury was killed in Bangladesh.”

“Canadian officials are in contact with Bangladeshi authorities to gather additional information,” the statement said. “No further details can be provided at this time.”

The militants belonged to the banned group Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh, or JMB, Bangladesh’s police chief A.K.M. Shahidul Hoque told reporters.

Police said they found guns, ammunition and meat cleavers in the apartment where the men were holed up. The men also set off explosions to destroy their computers and other evidence, said Sanwar Hossain, a senior police officer.

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