than a dozen suspected jihadis (and a few civilians) died during a
fierce gun battle on Friday between Sri Lankan police and terror
suspects as dozens of suspected ISIS-affiliated jihadis from domestic
terror organizations National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul
Millathu Ibrahim were rounded up in a crackdown meant to stave off
any additional terror attacks.
to a Reuters report
from Friday, among the 15 dead were the father and two brothers of
the mastermind of last week's Easter Sunday bombings, which left 253
dead and another 500 injured. As we
Friday, a radical preacher named Zahran Hashim has been identified as
the primary architect of the series of bombings at three churches and
three luxury hotels. Hashim was a leader of the National Thawheedh
Jamaath, and had been arrested over his involvement in the defacing
of Buddhist statues. In a series of videos posted to YouTube, the
radical Imam had called for violence against all non-believers.
one of these videos, Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim and their father
Mohamed Hashim, all of whom were killed by police, could be seen
calling for war against nonbelievers. The attack occurred when police
raided a suspect terrorist hideout on Sri Lanka's east coast not far
from one of the bombings in Batticaloa.
family member confirmed to Sri Lankan police the identities of
Hashim's brothers and fathers. As comments from Hashim's sister that
circulated in the press suggest, not all of his family members shared
his extreme, violent views.
if he is my brother, I cannot accept this. I don't care about him any
10,000 soldiers have been deployed across the island to hunt down
members of the Islamist groups who carried out the attacks. Police
have already detained more than 100 people, including foreigners from
Syria and Egypt, in the wake of the bombings.
one of the videos that circulated online, Rilwan Hashim can bee heard
calling for jihad and the deaths of non-believers.
will destroy these non-believers to protect this land and therefore
we need to do jihad," Rilwan
need to teach a proper lesson for these non-believers who have been
authorities have warned that more terrorists might be on the loose.
Though so far, there haven't been any more incidences of violence