Documents related to Arabic school found at Kingsbury bomber’s home: CID tells court

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) today informed the Fort Magistrate Court that several documents including an application form to open an Arabic school in Sri Lanka were found from the Kolonnawa house of Azzam Mohammed Mubharak alias Abdullah, who blew himself at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo. The CID also informed acting Magistrate Jayantha Dias Nanayakkara that the suicide bomber Abdullah and several other suspects had undergone weapon training in Nuwara Eliya, while residing in Enderamulla and Ninthavur areas. Submitting the progress report of the investigations into the Eastern Sunday attacks,…

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Bombers got weapons training since 2014 – CID

By Amila Abeyratna The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday (12) informed Colombo Fort Acting Magistrate Jayantha Nanayakkara, that the suicide bombers who were involved in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in April had been taking part in National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ) activities since 2014. The CID told Court that these suicide cadres of the NTJ had also taken part in weapons training camps held in Nuwara Eliya. They made these submissions when the case in connection with the Easter Sunday blast at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo was taken for…

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Hizbullah received USD 100 million from Saudi Arabia

Venerable Athuraliye Rathana Thero has lodged a complaint against the Batticaloa Campus yesterday (12). The complaint was filed with the Office of the Superintendent of Police in Batticaloa. Ven. Rathana Thero on 11th June had visited the Batticaloa Campus but denied entry to the university by its security officials. Rathana Thero, speaking to media yesterday, said that the complaint was filed pertaining to the activities of former Governor M.L.A.M. Hizbullah. According to the former governor, he has received USD 100 million from Saudi Arabia, says Ven. Rathana Thero. “Was this…

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Cardinal blunders should worry the Catholics

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith seems to be loving the limelight and the glow, however spooky, of politics. I have pointed out before how His Eminence has a penchant for popping up in public affairs when he shouldn’t and avoiding intervention when he should intervene. In terms of timing and appropriateness His Eminence doesn’t fare well.  This time, the Archdiocese in Colombo has, perhaps, realised the Cardinal needs defence and it issues a statement refuting Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s charge. That isn’t enough to cover what seems evidently clear was an intervention that should…

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