The US Justice Department charged three Sri Lankans on Friday with supporting terrorism for their participation in the 2019 Islamic State Easter attack that killed 268 people, the AFP reported.
The department said the three were part of the "ISIS in Sri Lanka" group behind the attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels in three cities on the Christian holiday on April 21, 2019.
The Islamic State claimed responsibility and called the well-planned attacks a retaliation for Western coalition actions against the group in Syria.
Five Americans were among the dead.
The three charged are Mohamed Naufar, the "second emir" and a recruiter and trainer for ISIS in Sri Lanka; Mohamed Anwar Mohamed Riskan, who allegedly helped manufacture the bombs used in the attacks; and Ahamed Milhan Hayathu Mohamed, who killed a police officer in the attack, the Justice Department said.
All three are in custody in Sri Lanka, and the Justice Department said it will support their prosecution in that country while maintaining the US charges in the event they gain their freedom.
"This case clearly demonstrates that the United States will take decisive action to ensure terrorists face justice when they target Americans anywhere in the world," said Nick Hanna, the US federal prosecutor in Los Angeles, where the case was filed.
"The United States remains confident in the Sri Lankan authorities' ability to bring the perpetrators to justice -- and this complaint makes clear that we stand ready with these charges in the event the defendants attempt to evade justice," he said in a statement.
The three were charged with providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and Naufar and Milhan were charged with helping in military-type training for the Islamic State.
BigEars Saturday, 09 January 2021 08:30 AM
In Sri Lanka it is just Talk Talk and all will be off the hook soon.
joshua Saturday, 09 January 2021 01:16 PM
MY3 can be added to that list?
Ben Dover Saturday, 09 January 2021 01:43 PM
absolutely humiliating.....while we keeps arguing, deliberating, pointing fingers with multiple commissions and zero convictions todate, the yanks indicted 3 from thousands of miles away! why couldn't our intelligence agencies come to similar conclusions/indictments? or is our political bickering and vendettas preventing them from doing their jobs?
Lasith Saturday, 09 January 2021 01:56 PM
This is why LTTE always took great care NEVER to injure a western citizen!
Kanthaka Saturday, 09 January 2021 01:59 PM
These three might request extradition to US - one way green card!
SarangaDS Saturday, 09 January 2021 02:20 PM
Only THREE known to US?
ChanakaJ Saturday, 09 January 2021 02:24 PM
Who is responsible for the five deaths on Capitol Hill? Is it the US president? Also five deaths of US citizens!
Bande Saturday, 09 January 2021 02:42 PM
Put another commission for the US charge and drag the matter for 5 years.
M P Fernando Saturday, 09 January 2021 03:24 PM
Ohey ohoma wunata mehey ehema naa aiyo....
Kusantha Rohan Wickremasinghe Saturday, 09 January 2021 04:06 PM
Well done USA. May God Always
Disabled Saturday, 09 January 2021 04:23 PM
No we are a country of morons in the high places.
Lion Saturday, 09 January 2021 05:29 PM
Our governments always blame USA.,Weerawansas pet tropic is always against USA imperilisem see how usa is working .
Sambo Saturday, 09 January 2021 06:23 PM
Ohey ohoma thamai. Mehe ehema namai.
MUNAS Sunday, 10 January 2021 01:36 AM
NOT TO WORRY SRI-LANKA ILL RELEASE THEM WITHIN 24 HOURS OR OUR PRESIDENT WILL PARDON THEM AND WE ONLY NEED TO CLAP HANDS AND SAY JAYAWEWA
MUNAS Sunday, 10 January 2021 01:41 AM
WE ARE WITH YOU U.S.A ---JAYAWEWA GET LOST --CHINA
Demuni Uduwara Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:41 AM
Those referred to are cat's paws; my-3 accused as scapegoat . Who is the carpenter?
IA LANKA Tuesday, 12 January 2021 04:56 AM
LTTE MASS MURDERER PILLAYAN KILED THOUSAND OF PEOPLE INCLUDING JOSEPH PARARAJASIGHHAM ,NOW LANKA PRESIDENT HUTHIGAY PUTHA GOTABAYA RAJAPAKSA MAKE PILLAYAN MINISTER, ALSO CASE DROPED AGAINST THE MIDGET PILLAYAN, HUTHIGAY PUTHA GOTA NOW USING PILAYAN AS HIS HIT MAN, TO ANNIHILATE ALL OPPONENTS OF CARRY BALLA GOTA.
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