One of the nine bombers who detonated explosives in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday was a woman, deputy defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene, said today, as the death toll mounted to 359. Another suicide bomber had studied in the UK and Australia before carrying out the bombings.
“We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later did his postgraduate [studies] in Australia before coming back and settling in Sri Lanka,” said Wijewardene.Meanwhile, a special task force conducted a controlled blast in Colombo after spotting a suspicious motorcycle.
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the devastating Easter blasts in Sri Lanka and identified the suicide bombers who were involved in the attacks. Seven suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, in the country’s worst terror attack.
Gunasekera said that search operations were carried out during Tuesday night’s curfew hours in different parts of the country. Police arrested scores of people with suspected links to the National Thowheeth Jamath, the group which officials believe carried out the bombings.