Mark Collins – ISIS Dhaka Massacre: Bangladeshi-Canadian’s Bloodthirsty Notes from Beyond the Grave

Further to this post (note further links relevant to the quotes below),

A Canadian, ISIS, Bangladesh and Terror…and Earlier Calgary

the gory gloating:

Islamic State magazine publishes essay possibly written by a Canadian
[bit tentative, that headline]

A newly published Islamic State propaganda magazine contains an essay apparently written by the late Canadian leader of the terror group’s Bangladeshi chapter [text via tweet at end of the post].

Tamim Chowdhury, a 30-year-old Bangladeshi Canadian from Windsor, Ont., was killed by authorities in his homeland in late August. But before that he appears to have written the official terrorist history of the July 1 attack on the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka.

Five suicide commandos made international headlines by killing more than 20 people at the bakery, including several foreigners, before being gunned down themselves.

During the chilling attack, the gunmen approached patrons and asked them to recite memorized verses from the Koran. Those who could do so were spared. Those who could not were killed.

Mr. Chowdhury explains the brutal logic of this in his essay.

“During the operation, the knights … did their utmost to distinguish and separate the Muslims from the kuffar (crusaders, pagans, and apostates),” he wrote, adding that “those who proved their Islam were treated with respect and mercy, and those who manifested their kufr [infidelity] were treated with harshness and severity.”

The essay’s title page bears the name of Tamim Chowdhury, who is thought to have written similar screeds only under noms de guerre in the past. He is described as “the former head of military and covert operations” of the Bangladeshi wing of the Islamic State.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to doubt that he wrote it,” said Amarnath Amarasingam, a Canadian academic who studies foreign fighters and who has blogged about Mr. Chowdhury in the past.

Describing the life stories of each of the five Bangladeshi-born gunmen, Mr. Chowdhury’s essay says some were blocked from joining the terror group’s core in Syria and Iraq. He does not describe taking part in the Dhaka attack himself.

The English-language essay was published this week in the group’s propaganda magazine Rumiyah [more here], an Arabic word that translates as “Rome.” The name alludes to the Roman Empire and its antecedents, as well the Islamic State’s promise to wage attacks until Western civilization collapses.

The magazine also claims that IS was behind bombings of several Bangladeshi temples and more than a dozen knife and gun attacks against foreigners [see from before the bakery attack: “Islamist Butchery in Bangladesh–With a Canadian ISIS Connection“].

Before leaving for Bangladesh about three years ago, Mr. Chowdhury spent time with other radicals in Calgary and Windsor. These clusters fell under RCMP investigation after several members joined or sought to join IS chapters overseas…

More at another story–note RCMP at end:

ISIL releases posthumous report from Canadian who led terror attack on Dhaka restaurant

The Holey Artisan Bakery “was selected for this blessed operation because it was well-known for being frequented by the citizens of the Crusader countries,” Tamim Chowdhury wrote in the ISIL magazine Rumiyah…

In his posthumous report on the attack at the restaurant, Chowdhury said it had been chosen from among several potential targets because it was a “sinister place” where “Crusaders would gather to drink alcohol and commit vices through the night.”

Nine Italians, seven Japanese, an Indian, American and two locals died in the July 1 siege…

The five attackers carried out the killings “in order to give the Crusaders a taste of their own medicine,” he wrote.

Chowdhury threatened more attacks against citizens of countries fighting ISIL. “The mujahedin will target expats, tourists, diplomats, garment buyers, missionaries, sports teams and anyone else from the Crusader citizens to be found in Bengal until the land is purified from the Crusaders and all other kuffar (non-believers) and the law of Allah is established.”..

According to Bangladesh press reports, police believe Chowdhury trained in Syria before arriving in Dhaka from Dubai in October 2013. He apparently used his Bangladeshi passport because his Canadian one had been seized by the RCMP [that didn’t help much]…

The tweet:

Plus some good news:

Family relieved after U of T student [not a Canadian citizen] cleared of all allegations in Bangladesh attack
Tahmid Khan is still facing a “lack of co-operation charge” related to his alleged failure to attend two police interviews.

Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds


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