Father, two brothers of suspected SL blasts mastermind killed in gun battle

Father, two brothers of suspected SL blasts mastermind killed in gun battle
Police and Army officers display bomb-making materials recovered from a hideout in Kalmunai, Sri Lanka. (AP)
COLOMBO, APR 28 (AGENCIES/IANS) | Publish Date: 4/28/2019 12:11:31 PM IST

Father and two brothers of the suspected mastermind, Zahran Hashim, of Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka were killed in a gun battle on Friday, according to reports. Mohamed Hashim, along with his two sons -- Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim, seen in a video circulating on social media calling for an all-out war against non-believers, were among the 15 killed in a gun battle with the military on the east coast on Friday.

Zahran Hashim’s brother-in-law, Niyaz Sharif, is the suspected ringleader of the Easter bombings. Sri Lanka has been on high alert since the attacks on Easter Sunday, with nearly 10,000 soldiers deployed across the island to carry out searches and hunt down members of two local Islamist groups believed to have carried out the attack.

Hotel bombers’ brother arrested: The elder brother of two suicide bombers who blew themselves up at two hotels in the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka was arrested during a raid in Dematagoda on Sunday, police said.

Sources said that Mohamed Ibrahim Mohamed Ifran Ahmed was arrested in a house at the Mahawila Scheme, reports the Daily Mirror. The police Special Task Force also recovered a German-manufactured air gun and two swords from Ahmed’s possession.

Following the bombings, the police took spice trader Mohamed Ibrahim into custody after his two sons were found to have been among those who carried out the attacks that killed over 300 people.

The two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel and the Shangri-La Hotel.

Two more of Ibrahim’s sons were also arrested while another one is on the run. Ibrahim has a total of nine children.


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