“Shraddha Kapoor, you beauty,” reads the exuberant caption, followed by “the moment when she held my hand…”
The Facebook post — a video clip of actress Shraddha Kapoor meeting and greeting a crowd of fans — would have read like any Bollywood enthusiast’s. The post marks the user’s status “feeling perfect”.
Innocuous, except that the Facebook account was of Nibras Islam, one of the terrorists killed in the Dhaka terror attacks.
Nibras’ Facebook post has gathered lot of attention, attesting as it does to a privileged upbringing, not very different from most young adults’ elsewhere in the world. His places of study include Monash University in Malayasia and Northsouth University in Dhaka; he attended an international school. There are selfies aplenty of Nibras and his group of friends, doing what young people do — driving around, hanging out at restaurants, enthusing about meeting a Bollywood star.
There are also other, chilling, pictures.
Nibras grinning at the camera while he holds a gun in his hands.
And then, from other feeds, a photo of his blood-streaked face, after he was shot down by security forces.
Reports have conjectured that Nibras was brainwashed and radicalised by an Islamic terror outfit; he followed one such group, Shami Witness, on Twitter.
Friends of Nibras told the media that he had been quiet and "not very religious".
Nibras is believed to have been missing since January, that was when his parents last saw him.
When they heard of him next, it was to find out that their son and five associates had been gunned down (the seventh was captured alive, said CNN) by the military, after they launched a 10-hour terror attack on a Dhaka café on Friday night, that left 20 dead.
The terrorists in the Dhaka attack have all been described as “well educated and from affluent families”. The Daily Star reported that the boys were also frequent visitors to the café (The Holey Artisan) in the exclusive suburb of Gulshan, that they laid siege to.
First Published On : Jul 4, 2016 10:22 IST