National Thowheed Jamath leader Zahran Hashim (C). Photo: AFP

Who is Zahran Hashim, the radical cleric linked to Sri Lanka bombings?

  • Hashim was a virtual unknown before the onslaught – even inside Sri Lanka
  • But a video released by IS is the first evidence of the apparently central role played by the cleric in the attacks
Topic |   Sri Lanka

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National Thowheed Jamath leader Zahran Hashim (C). Photo: AFP
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Mourners react during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka bombings: investigators probe global terror links as IS claims responsibility and death toll climbs to 321

  • President Maithripala Sirisena said intelligence agencies had reported that ‘international organisations [were] behind these acts of local terrorists’
  • State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said the bombings could have been retaliation for the mosque shootings in New Zealand last month
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Mourners react during a mass burial of victims, two days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte
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