An extremist believed to have played a key role in Sri Lanka’s deadly Easter bombings had been trained in India, sources revealed on Saturday (April 27).
A report by Indian newspaper The Hindu quotes a top military source in Sri Lanka stating Zahran Hashim spent substantial time in South India. According to the report, Indian officials have pointed to evidence that Zahran Hashim the leader of National Thawheed Jama’ut which carried out the attacks maintained virtual links with youth believed to be of Indian origin.
A day earlier Sri Lankan President confirmed the death of Hashim in an attack on a Colombo hotel. “What intelligence agencies have told me is that Zahran was killed during the Shangri-La attack,” President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters, referring to Zahran Hashim, leader of a local extremist group.
Hashim appeared in a video released by the Islamic State group after they claimed the bombings, but his whereabouts after the blasts were not immediately clear. Sirisena did not immediately clarify what Hashim´s role was in the attack on the Shangri-La, one of six bomb blasts that killed over 250 people on Sunday.
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