On July 4, 2016, a man blew himself up outside the US Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Earlier this week, officials there said DNA tests have revealed the bomber’s identity as Fayaz Kagzi, an Indian national and alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operative who is suspected to have joined the Islamic State (IS) later.
Fayaz’s elder sister (name withheld on request) said, “Not that it matters, but for whatever it’s worth, it will bring us a closure. Hopefully people will stop calling us terrorists,” she said.
“Unke liye toh case ab close hua hai. Hamare liye toh kab ka close ho chuka hai (for the authorities the case is now closed, but for us it ended long ago),” Fayaz’s father, Riyaz Kagzi, said at the family’s home in Shahenshah Nagar area of Beed, Maharashtra.
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The family said they have received no official communication regarding the DNA tests. “Probably now we will not be labelled terrorists. We have been battling the tag since his name cropped up in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case,” said Riyaz, a retired teacher.
Between 2006 and 2018, the family witnessed dramatic…