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Zahran’s brother-in-law reportedly arrested in Saudi Arabia

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  • Maulana Rila, the brother-in-law of the Islamic State-inspired Shangri-La Hotel bomber Zahran Hashim, and a colleague of his, were those arrested


Saudi Arabia is learnt to have arrested Maulana Rila, the brother-in-law of the Islamic State-inspired Shangri-La Hotel bomber Zahran Hashim, and a colleague of his, who just goes by the name Shahnawaj, last week on the basis of inputs from Indian intelligence, Hindustan Times reported.  

 The report said:  

Hashim was the leader of National Thowheed Jama’ath and chief radicaliser of the hardline Salafi group responsible for the Easter Sunday bombings in 
Sri Lanka.   

India is believed to have provided several warnings on the attacks, including time- and location-specific details, which were ignored by Sri Lanka.   

Officers in Indian security agencies say they are already in touch with their Saudi Arabian counterparts to find out on any links between the IS cadres responsible for the Sri Lanka attacks and Kasargode (Kerala)-Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu) module in India, with Colombo on the verge of sending a team to Saudi Arabia.   

After the Easter Day bombing, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale is believed to have called up the top-brass of the Tata-owned Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) to ask them to install security scanners and metal detectors at their three properties in Sri Lanka because all the suicide bombers are still not accounted for. The IHCL owned Taj Samudra had a lucky escape on April 21 as the UK educated suicide bomber Abdul Latif Mohammed Jamil entered the hotel but could not trigger the device. He later died in a blast at the Tropical Inn in Dehiwala suburb with a couple also losing their lives in the blast.   

For the record, Indian intelligence alerted Sri Lankan police and security agencies on April 4, 10, 16 (The day the device was tested using a motorcycle), 20 and two hours before the multiple suicide bombings on April 21, the last with the names of three churches under imminent bombing threat.   

The IS inspired bombings in Sri Lanka have raised serious concerns over the spread of this Islamic group in India through the virtual space as the rabid group hardly holds any territory in Syria or Iraq. IS handlers are radicalising cadres in India through cyber-identities. 


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