DHAKA, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Bodies of three militants, including that of Dhaka cafe massacre mastermind Tamim Chowdhury, Thursday were handed over to a charity organization for burial in Bangladesh.
The bodies were in the mortuary for months as nobody claimed them.
Sohel Mahmud, head of forensic medicine department at Dhaka Medical College, told journalists Thursday that they handed over bodies of three militants including Bangladesh-origin Canadian citizen Tamim to Anjuman Mofidul Islam, a designated charity group for burial of unclaimed bodies, for burial at 3:00 p.m.(local time).
Khairul Amin, duty officer of Anjuman-e-Mafidul Islam, who received the bodies on behalf of his organization said the bodies will be buried in Dhakas Jurain graveyard Thursday.
Masudur Rahman, a DHAKA Metropolitan Police (DMP) spokesman, last month told journalists that they have ascertained the identity of the cafe attack mastermind Tamim Ahmed Chowdhury with the DNA test results they received from Canada.
The suspected mastermind of the deadly cafe attack was killed in a police raid in Narayanganj on the outskirts of capital Dhaka on Aug. 27 morning.
Chowdhury, a Bangladeshi-Canadian suspected of heading the local banned Islamist outfit Jamaatul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB), and a sacked army official were named as the masterminds of the brutal attack on the cafe that left 20 hostages including 18 foreigners dead.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the Dhaka cafe attack. But Bangladeshi authorities rejected the claim, saying operatives of the banned local militant outfit plotted the attack on the Spanish cafe in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave Gulshan to boast about their existence.
Hundreds of JMB leaders and activists were rounded up while six top leaders of the group, including Shaikh Abdur Rahman, were hanged in 2007.
Before the wounds of the July 1 deadly terror attack at a Spanish restaurant in Dhaka, that left 22 people, including 18 foreigners and two police officers dead, had even begun to heal, Bangladesh suffered a fresh blow on July 7 when terrorists attacked Muslims' Eid prayers.
At least four people were killed, including two police officers and one of the attackers, after several explosions and gunfire took place at the entrance of the country's largest Sholakia Eid prayer venue in Kishoreganj district, some 117 km northeast of Dhaka, on the morning of July 7.