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15 women attended Zahran’s zealotry lessons; five killed: Police

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A total number of 15 women have been attending lessons on extremism conducted by Easter Sunday suicide attack linchpin Zahran Hashim in 2018 and that five of them had been killed and the remaining women were either remanded or detained at the moment, police revealed.

The Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) on Friday arrested a 24- year-old Mohammed Ibrahim Saida from Mawanella for attending the lessons on extremism. She is being detained at the moment.

It came to light that the brainwashing lessons had been conducted by Zahran in Kaththankudy area in December 2018, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

"The female suspect who is being interrogated by the TID said that 15 women along with her had attended the lessons. Out of them, five had been killed in the  Sainthamaruthu bomb blast on April 26, 2019, five days  after the Easter Sunday mayhem," he said.

Another three women suspects are in the remand custody, while seven others, including the one who was arrested on Friday are being  detained by the TID," the spokesman said.

DIG Rohana said, further probing disclosed that the women took oaths at the end of the extremism lessons.

It shows that they were well prepared to launch more deadly suicide attacks at any given time as had been guided by the lessons taught by Zahran.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

  Comments - 14

  • DKUA Sunday, 21 February 2021 09:34 AM

    This only proves one thing and that is the weakness of the military intelligence and the police. How is it that such illegal activities can go on for such a long time unnoticed?

    mohan Sunday, 21 February 2021 01:10 PM

    because people buy this news and have good political millage

    MN Sunday, 21 February 2021 02:09 PM

    It's not only the weakness of intelligence divisions,it's mainly ignorance of political hierarchy, which depend on minority votes, to keep political leaders in government side, then rulers ignored, their extremist activities and interfered and released suspects too, due to this situation, obviously intelligence is happened to be demoralized

    Jehan Sunday, 21 February 2021 10:03 AM

    Bs, diversions , kangaroo courts, hypocrite non justice minister, chin lanka.

    Jude Sunday, 21 February 2021 10:22 AM

    DON'T B.S.!! Come this April its gonna be 2 years since the Easter Sunday attacks, so far NOTTA single culprit behind bars!! That's because the culprits are MORE powerful than the authorities!! YEAH!!

    Jude Sunday, 21 February 2021 10:25 AM

    You can Wipeout the ruthless terrorists but CAN'T prosecute single extremists!??

    Peacemaker Sunday, 21 February 2021 12:11 PM

    So SL military bang bang with the girls

    Lankan Sunday, 21 February 2021 12:40 PM

    No other country or any other organisation is interested to destroy Sri Lanka other than India and its puppets. The government must secure the borders to stop people leaving or entering the country illegally. Plus the government must monitor young people's phone calls, emails and bank accounts frequently who travel to India through BIA as well.

    Lankan Sunday, 21 February 2021 12:41 PM

    If you have a little geopolitical knowledge, you would know who was behind the Asia's longest brutal civil war and Easter Sunday bombings. The Rajapaksas are scared to punish the perpetrators, because the leaders concern about their own safety. Sri Lanka has too many fools, the perpetrators will use those fools again.

    Jeeves Sunday, 21 February 2021 01:37 PM

    Very concerning to learn that Zahran's teaching have radicalised so many people, who in turn will radicalise others. How many potential suicide bombers are still at large?

    Sinna Sunday, 21 February 2021 02:20 PM

    I would have repeatedly say,as long as 'killing kaffirs is path to the heaven' is there in that holy book,this kind of carnage is possible any corner of the world, this is against UN human rights, world leaders should be discussed on this matter and need to make a request to change it,letting everyone to live without fear of death

    Ben Sunday, 21 February 2021 07:28 PM

    To your eyes, His eminence Malcolm Cardinal Rangith

    Mohamed Asrar Sunday, 21 February 2021 03:23 PM

    if anyone believe this they will believe anything just like full moon is a big chees ball

    Question Sunday, 21 February 2021 03:29 PM

    When will the "remaining" women be taken to search for weapons ! ? -


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