By Euro Weekly News Media • 04 May 2019 • 15:30
EASTER BOMBINGS: Suspects named.
POLICE in Sri Lanka have identified all nine people thought to be suicide bombers who killed 257 people on Easter Sunday.
Officers claimed two of the terrorists were brothers from a wealthy family of spice importers from Colombo and confirmed the attackers’ assets would now be seized.
Zahran Hashim has been named as the leader of a local jihadist group behind the bombings. He detonated his device alongside fellow Islamist Ilham Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim at the luxury Shangri-La hotel.
Ilham’s elder brother Ishaf Ahmed is suspected of bombing the Cinnamon Grand Hotel nearby. A third hotel, the Kingsbury, was allegedly bombed by Mohamed Azzam Mubarak Mohamed. Police confirmed they have since arrested his wife.
According to police, a fifth man, Mohamed Nasser Mohamed Asad, bombed a Christian Zion church in Batticaloa. Another man, Abdul Latheef, failed to detonate his device at a luxury hotel, instead blowing up a guest house near Colombo.
Shortly afterwards, Fathima Ilham, wife of the two brothers, detonated her suicide vest, killing her two children and three policemen.
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