The father of one of the terrorists who attacked a cafe in Dhaka, Bangladesh last week hadn’t seen his son in four months.
“That’s not my son, that’s not my son,” Meer Hayet Kabir reportedly said, when he saw his son’s image on an ISIS-affiliated site identifying him as one of the killers. “He was full of humanity.”
CNN reports that Kabir raised his son in an upper-middle-class family, although they were not devoutly Muslim, he encouraged him to read the Quran in an English translation to study the religion directly, rather than receive a distorted interpretation from somewhere else.
But Kabir said his 18-year-old son was impressionable, and he didn’t have too many friends.
These factors may have proved opportune for Islamist recruiters, the family believes.
“I don’t know what they said to him exactly,” he said. “But I believe they took advantage of his self-esteem issues and Islamic faith, gave him a sense of belonging.”
[image: Holey Artisan Bakery. via Google Maps]
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