Zahran Hashim allegedly behind Sri Lanka attack

Zahran Hashim allegedly behind Sri Lanka attack

- Zahran Hashim, a radical Islamist, is said to be one of the attackers of Sri Lanka coordinated bombings

- While media outlets in the country believe he is behind the attack on Shangri La hotel in Colombo, their report is however unconfirmed

- Many people in the country, especially officials in the government, are blaming security agencies in the country for intelligence failures

Zahran Hashim, a radical Islamic cleric, who is known for posting inciting videos on Youtube, has been accused of being one of the bombers who attacked the Shangri La hotel in Colombo.

It should be recalled also that Hashim once wanted to attack the Indian High Commission in the capital of Sri Lanka on Thursday, April 4, but failed, Daily Mail reports.

A US official earlier told CNN that those behind the coordinated blasts which claimed 290 lives and left many wounded were influenced by ISIS.

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No group, has so far, taken responsibility for the terror, however, government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne on Monday, April 22, said it is believed that NTJ was behind the bombings. NTJ is popularly known to be a split-off of another islamist organisation in the country called the Sri Lanka Thowheed Jamath (SLTJ).

The SLTJ has, however, strongly condemned the attack and said it is not in any way connected with NTJ, adding that it actively oppose the group.

It is also important to note that the secretary of the SLTJ, Abdul Razik, has in the past been arrested on different charges bordering on causing religious unrest.

Another terrorist group called the radical Buddhist group in 2016, had warned that there would be war if Razik was not arrested.

The authorities are being blamed that they ought to have taken fears of attacks on churches seriously as contained in the report of Al Qaeda and Islamic state in January.

The Telecommunications minister has also condemned the intelligence failures of the government.

He tweeted:

Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that the authorities of the Sri Lankan would declare a state of emergency following the deadly bomb attack, which claimed scores of lives during Easter church worship on Sunday, April 21.

A statement from the office of Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena, claimed that the president would declare the nationwide emergency from midnight on Monday, April 22.

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Legit.ng also previously reported that at least three churches were hit by explosions on Sunday, April 21, during Easter celebrations, leaving more than 200 people injured and at least 100 dead in Sri Lanka, Colombo's capital.

A number of Sri Lanka's five-star hotels were also struck by bomb blasts according to a report by BBC and other international news outlets.

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