DNA tests confirmed the identities of five of the seven militants involved in Bangladesh’s worst terror attack last month, in which 22 people were killed, an official said on Tuesday.
“The five attackers were identified previously but their identities have been confirmed after matching their DNA with their family members,” said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
The militants, who were from well-off families and had English-medium educations, were identified as Nibras Islam, Rohan Imtiaz, Khairul Islam Payel, Shafiqul Islam Uzzal and Meer Saameh Mubasser.
Rahman said the identity of Holey Artisan Bakery’s pizza chef Saiful Chowkidar had also been confirmed after the testing, Dhaka Tribune reported.
Twenty hostages, mostly foreigners, were hacked to death on July 1 by seven militants inside a popular upscale eatery in Dhaka’s Gulshan neighbourhood before commandos launched an assault, killing six attackers and capturing one alive.
An Indian girl, Tarushi, 19, was among the hostages killed by the attackers. Two police officers were also killed in the attack.
Photos of suspected attackers had surfaced in the public domain in the aftermath of the Gulshan cafe siege, prompting social media users and journalists to search for their identities and look into their family and educational backgrounds.