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Hossain Toufique Imam is the political advisor to Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. HT Imam told NDTV that the manner in which the hostages, which included 19-year-old Indian student Tarishi Jain, were killed with machetes suggests the role of a local terrorist group, the banned Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen.
"Pakistan's ISI and Jamaat connection is well known...they want to derail the current government," HT Imam told NDTV, adding "all victims were hacked to death like Jamaat and local terror groups do".
ISIS had claimed responsibility for the terror strike which also killed two policemen. Six terrorists were killed and one was captured alive in the 11-hour siege.
Bangladesh's Information and Broadcasting minister Hasanul Haq Inu told NDTV that the terrorists - all between the ages of 20 and 25 - are from top schools and universities and come from a good economic background.
The government has consistently denied that international jihadist groups are operating in Bangladesh.
"The arrested terrorist chickened out at the last minute and holds the key" to crucial details, the PM's advisor said.