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An ambulances drives on a road near the Holey Artisan restaurant after Islamist militants attacked the upscale cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh in this July 2, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Mohammd Ponir Hossain


DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh police on Friday killed the suspected trainer of militants who carried out a deadly attack on a cafe in July that killed 22 people, a senior police official said.

The militant, known as Murad, was the head of the military wing of Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, which has pledged allegiance to Islamic State, said Sanwar Hossain, senior official of the Dhaka police counterterrorism unit.

He was killed in a shootout during a raid just outside the capital Dhaka, Hossain told reporters. Two police officials were wounded.

The raid came six days after Bangladesh-born Canadian citizen Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury, accused of masterminding the attack on July 1, was killed in a gun battle.

(Reporting by Ruma Paul; editing by Dominic Evans)


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