Zahran’s rationale behind Easter attacks revealed

Senior Officer of the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) revealed Zahran Hashim’s list of reasons for choosing Sri Lanka as the location of the attack, to the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the bombings that took place on Easter Sunday 2019.

Some of the reasons cited, in previously unreleased video footage of the bombers, was revenge for the Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand in March 2019 alleged insult to the Islamic faith and in the hope the attack could inspire more Sri Lankan Muslims to gather around the Islamic State (IS) banner.

The Presidential Commission inquiring the Easter Sunday attacks heard evidence yesterday (29) from a senior officer of the TID who investigated the bombing in Tropical Inn at Dehiwala.

The witness was first questioned as to whether prior information had been received on Jameel Mohamad, the Tropical Inn attacker, to which he replied that intelligence information signed off by IGP Pujith Jayasundara had been received by the TID on December 09, 2017.

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