DNA samples of Dhaka cafe attackers match with kin: Police

Dhaka, Aug 24 (IANS) Bangladesh police have confirmed that the DNA samples of all six terrorists killed in a military operation following the Gulshan cafe siege, have matched with their relatives.

“DNA samples of the six militants had been collected and tested against family members. The samples have matched,” the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) has said.

On July 1, the terror attack on Holey Artisan Bakery and O’ Kitchen restaurant at Gulshan by five young gunmen left 22 people, including 17 foreigners and two police officers dead.

A military operation about 12 hours later brought the siege to an end. Of the six slain in the operation, five were termed as operatives of banned militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen by the police.

The sixth accused Saiful Islam Chowkider, was a chef at the cafe. Police believe he had aided the militants in carrying out the attack, bdnews24 reported.

Of the five, two were students of a Bogra madrasa. The other three were students of English medium schools in Dhaka.

The bodies of all six were preserved at the mortuary of the Combined Military Hospital.

Among the attackers, Nibras Islam was a former North South University alumnus while another attacker, Rohan Ibn Imtiaz was a BRAC University student. The third one, Mir Sabih Mubashir, was a student of Scholastica school.

The two other attackers, Safiqul Islam Ujjal from Bogra’s Dhunat Upazila, and Md Khairuzzaman of Shahjahanpur Upazila, were both madrasa students, bdnews24 reported.



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