Doctors who conducted the autopsies of the Gulshan terror attack victims say there were signs of unprecedented brutality on the bodies, especially of the 10 women killed in the night of July 1.
The autopsy and inquest reports of the victims show that Indian national Tarishi Jain faced maximum brutality of the Islamic State militants. Even after her death, the attackers hacked her body with a sharp machete and stabbed her 30 to 40 times on her hands, belly and chest with knives.
Seven months pregnant Maria Riboli, an Italian citizen, was killed brutally though she repeatedly sought mercy mentioning about her baby. The attackers did not allow her to leave the restaurant.
The two Bangladeshi women, Ishrat Akhond and Abinta Kabir, were also tortured to death. They had a number of stab injuries on the bodies. The militants smashed Ishrat’s head.
Doctors said that seven of the 20 victims were shot while everyone was hacked or stabbed.
Aimed at establishing Caliphate, the Islamic State group is unpopular for brutally killing their victims as punishment apparently to scare the world. Their members are accused of raping non-Sunni women and children, making them sex slaves, and killing them if they refuse to comply with the orders.
Most of the victims seen in the photos and videos the group releases are slaughtered or beheaded, crushed or burned.
Alongside the women, some men too were killed brutally – shot and then hacked, body parts severed and heads cut into pieces, according to inquest reports.
This is the first case of militant attack in Bangladesh where women were killed.
Nineteen-year-old Tarishi Jain came to Bangladesh from the United States on a vacation. She was studying economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her father Sanjib Jain is a textile merchant based in Dhaka for the last 15-20 years.
Talking to the Dhaka Tribune, Dr Sohel Mahmud, associate professor of Dhaka Medical College forensic department said that the attackers were too much cruel on the female victims.
Other physicians involved with the autopsy said that the way the militants killed the hostages, especially the female hostages, which was unimaginable. “We have conducted a number of autopsies in my career, but never saw such brutality,” said one of the four-member doctors’ team.
They suspect that the extremists took hard drugs before conducting the attack so that they could kill the targets brutally. To assess this, the investigators have collected samples from the attackers’ bodies.
The doctors also suspect that some of the female victims might have been raped. Dr Sohel Mahmud said that they had kept vaginal samples of the women for examination.
Saiful Islam, acting deputy commissioner of the Counter-terrorism and Transnational Crimes unit, told the Dhaka Tribune that if needed, they would send the samples abroad for examination.