DHAKA: A 17-year-old militant who was arrest¬ed this week while carry¬ing out a failed assassina¬tion attempt on a Hindu lecturer in southwestern Bangladesh was killed overnight in what police claimed to be a “shootout”.
“Golam Faizullah Fa¬him’s cohorts fired gun¬shots as he was guiding us (police) to a hideout of theirs…He died in cross¬fire as we retaliated,” Ma¬daripur’s Superintendent of Police Sarwar Hossain told PTI over phone.
Another official fa¬miliar with the incident said police took Fahim to an area on the out¬skirts of the district town last evening where the shootout occurred. He was injured and de¬clared dead when brought to a hospital after the “shootout”.
The surprise shootout came a day after police secured a court order to interrogate Fahim in cus¬tody in connection with the murder attempt on Ripan Chakraborty, 50, a mathematics lecturer of a government university college in Madaripur.
But Fahim, a student of a college in Dhaka, was the lone assailant to be grabbed by people in the neighbourhood though two other attackers fled the scene after attack on Chakraborty who sus¬tained injuries.
Islamic State or al Qaeda in Indian Subcon¬tinent claimed respon¬sibilities for most of the attacks. However, au¬thorities attributed the at¬tacks to home grown mili¬tant outfits like Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh or Ansaral Islam (ABT).
According to police, Fahim claimed himself to be a member of a third outfit, Hizbut Tahrir, a grouping of mainly uni¬versity level students and young professionals.
According to media reports, Fahim told police that Tahrir had recruited him through a former stu¬dent of the college he stud¬ied while his family mem¬bers said they had no idea that the boy was a mem¬ber of a militant outfit. Teachers of his Uttara col¬lage also described him as a good student who scored well in the last Secondary School Certificate Exam. Fahim’s father works in the apparels industry while his mother Kamrun Nahar is a homemaker.