FBI crime lab to test Zarqawi's DNA
He was killed in a US airstrike yesterday. Zarqawi's language of hatredindia Updated: Jun 09, 2006 12:00 IST
Biological samples from the bodies of Iraq leader of Al-Qaeda Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his associates were delivered on Thursday night at the FBI crime laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.
"Biological materials listed belonging to three different individuals, including al-Zarqawi, were received at the FBI laboratory," said special agent Ann Todd, the lab's spokeswoman. "FBI laboratory scientists will be working round the clock to conduct genetic testing."
DNA tests will compare the sample from al-Zarqawi, which was flown with the other biological material from Iraq on military aircraft, with another sample also known to be from the terrorist leader, said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.
The results are expected in three days. Neither he nor Todd would discuss where or how the FBI found a different DNA sample from al-Zarqawi.
US authorities have already fingerprinted the body to confirm it as that of the terrorist leader, who was killed in a US air strike on Wednesday at a house, north of Baghdad.
"We are absolutely confident it is him."