Dhaka- The Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) samples of ‘six’ Gulshan armed attackers have been handed over to the representative of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officials said on Friday.
Deputy Commissioner (media) of Detective Branch Masudur Rahman said the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) handed over the hair and blood samples to FBI for laboratory test at nearly 1:00am.
On July, 21 blood and hair samples were collected from the bodies Gulshan attackers to find out if they took any drug before carrying out the attack at Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1.
The blood and hair samples of the six attackers were collected from Combined Military Hospital (CMH) by doctors of Dhaka Medical College’s Forensic Department on Wednesday afternoon.
Five militants—Meer Samih Mobassher, Rohan Ibn Imtiaz, Nibras Islam, Khairul Islam Payel and Shafiqul Islam Uzzal—and their ‘cohort’ Mohammad Saiful Islam Choukidar, a cook of the Holey Artisan Bakery of Gulshan, were killed in a commando operation at the restaurant on 2 July following a 12- hour hostage standstill.
Earlier, Sohel Mahmud, assistant professor of the forensic department, said, “Counter-Terrorism and Transnational Crimes unit of the DMP had sought permission from a court to conduct dope tests of the attackers.”
“The court gave its order in favour of the unit.”
He said they went to CMH on Tuesday and tried to collect the samples twice but failed as the bodies were frozen.
On July 16, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said they might take help from friendly nations with technical matters of the attack.
The hostage situation resulted in 20 people, mostly foreign nationals, being brutally killed by the terrorists.