Sri Lankan police raid extremist group suspected of suicide bombings

Sri Lankan police raid extremist group suspected of suicide bombings

armed police raid group suspected to be behind sri lanka attacks
Armed police raided the headquarters of Islamist group, National Thawheedh Jamaath, suspected of being behind a string of attacks on Sri Lanka last week. (Photo: Reuters)

KATTANKUDY, Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan armed police on Sunday (Apr 28) launched a search of the headquarters of an Islamist extremist group, National Thawheedh Jamaath, suspected of being behind the suicide bombings on churches and hotels that killed more than 250 people, a Reuters witness said.

The raid took place at the NTJ's base in the eastern town of Kattankudy a day after the group was banned under new emergency laws. Police believe that Zahran Hashim, the alleged mastermind of the Easter Sunday attacks, led the group or a splinter faction to mount the attacks in Colombo as well as a church in Batticaloa in the east.

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Source: Reuters/aa

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