Suicide bomber who struck in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah in 2016 was Indian, not Pakistani, DNA tests confirm
The suicide attacker who blew himself up near the US consulate in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah in 2016 was Indian, authorities have mentioned. The identification of the attacker was confirmed by a DNA take a look at. The DNA pattern had been despatched by the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) as a part of the rising cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia on counterterrorism.
Saudi Arabian authorities had initially recognized the suicide bomber as Abdullah Qalzar Khan and mentioned he was a Pakistan nationwide. The picture launched by Saudi Arabian authorities had been seen by officers of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). They recognized the person as resembling Fayaz Kagzi and reached out to the Saudi Arabian authorities.
Officers had advised media homes again in December 2016 that the suicide bomber in query could also be Kagzi. A local of Beed in Maharashtra, he’s wished in India for his position in a lot of bomb assaults, together with the 2010 and 2012 Pune blasts.
Kagzi had fled from India to Pakistan by Bangladesh in 2006. Establishing a base in Karachi, he’s believed to have had a hand in planning 26/11 Mumbai assaults with handler Abu Jundal.
He’s then believed to have moved to Saudi Arabia to recruit Indians working there into the Lashkar-e-Taiba. It’s believed that he might have joined the Islamic State terror outfit earlier than his suicide assault.
Saudi Arabian authorities have advised India that the DNA profile of the Jeddah attacker matches the pattern despatched by the NIA.
Kagzi had blown himself up as police approached to detain him close to the US consulate in Jeddah. He was solely one in all three suicide assaults that struck Saudi Arabia that day. Different suicide bombers struck exterior the al-Masjid an-Nabawi, the place the Islamic prophet Mohammed is buried and is the second holiest web site in Islam. The third assault had occurred at a Shia mosque in japanese Saudi Arabia.