The deputy defence minister today also revealed that there were nine suicide bombers – eight men pictured swearing allegiance to ISIS and one of their wives who blew herself up when police raided her home – and said eight have been identified.
They used two safehouses to mastermind the atrocity, he added.
Was Sri Lanka suicide bomber radicalised in BRITAIN? Authorities reveal terrorist studied in UK and how the ‘middle-class’ jihadists were ‘well-educated and financially independent’
- Sri Lanka deputy defence Minister says one suicide bomber studied in the UK
- Security expert says they could have been radicalised at a British university
- The number of confirmed dead in the Easter Sunday attacks has risen to 359
- It is believed that there were nine suicide bombers, eight have been identified
One of the suicide bombers in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka studied in the UK and Australia, it emerged today.
The country’s Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene did not name the terrorist, or which university or college he attended.
But he did say the attackers were all middle or upper class, well educated, from financially stable families, and that many of them had higher education.
The revelation that one of the terrorists studied in Britain sparked fears that he could have been radicalised at a university here.
Eight British nationals died when suicide bombers targeted churches and hotels, and the number of confirmed dead had risen to 359.
Security expert Professor Anthony Glees also suggested MI5 will know the identity of the bomber with the British link.
Minister raised the death toll from the attacks to 359 on Wednesday with 39 foreigners among the dead, 17 of whom have been identified (pictured, a mass burial in Negombo)
Security remained on high alert Wednesday in the capital Colombo as the country’s deputy defence minister said it will take at least two days to bring the situation under control