The seven militants who killed 20 people at a restaurant in Dhaka were local Bangladeshis said a minister on Sunday, as the country began a two-day period of mourning.
“They are members of the Jamaeytul Mujahdeen Bangladesh,” Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told AFP, referring to a group which has been banned in Bangladesh for more than a decade.
“They have no connections with the Islamic State.”
According to reports, five of the militants were already on the wanted list of Bangladeshi Police.
Earlier, Islamic state claimed the responsibility of the attack, saying it had deliberately targeted the citizens of “Crusader countries”.
It turned a deadly Friday night when group of terrorists burst into a restaurant popular with foreigners in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka.
Armed with blades, guns and bombs, they ruthlessly killed people.
Thirteen hostages were rescued when Bangladeshis troops stormed the cafe on Saturday morning but two police officers were killed during the siege. Six of the attackers were killed in the fighting and one was taken alive.
In the wake of the attack, on Sunday, the city was put on high alert.