Family members of Easter Sunday bombings “ringleader” killed in police raid

Zahran Hashim was the alleged mastermind behind the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.

The father and two brothers of the alleged ringleader of the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka were killed in a security forces operation on Friday, police say.

Zahran Hashim, who blew himself up at a hotel in Colombo founded the group National Thowheed Jama’ath (NTJ), which has now been proscribed

Police have raided NTJ’s headquarters in the eastern town of Kattankudy.

The Sri Lankan president also announced a ban on the niqab and the burqa, targeting Muslim women following the terror attacks.

The bombings targeted churches and hotels, killing 253 people.

Sunday church services were cancelled across Sri Lanka as a precaution but worshippers in Colombo gathered to pray outside St Anthony’s.

Security forces raided a house in Sainthamaruthu, near Hashim’s hometown Kattankudy, on Friday 26 April.

Gunmen opened fire as police officers and soldiers closed in, and three men set off explosives, killing themselves, six children and three women, police say. Three other people died in gunfire.

Police sources who spoke to Reuters news agency named the three men as Mohamed Hashim, and his sons Zainee Hashim and Rilwan Hashim.

Reuters added that all three men were filmed on a social media video circulating calling for all-out war against all non-Muslims.

In Kattankudy itself, police searched the HQ of NTJ which Zahran Hashim had led.

As you’re here…

5Pillars have one humble request from you…

Thousands of Muslims around the world visit our website for news every day. Due to the unfortunate reality of covering Muslim-related news in a heightened Islamophobic environment, our advertising and fundraising revenues have decreased significantly.

5Pillars is editorially and financially independent, with no sectarian or political allegiance to any particular group or movement. Our journalism has been exclusively grassroots focussed and our sole purpose is to defend Islam and Muslims in the media.

This makes us unique in comparison to other online Muslim media outlets who are neither independently regulated by a reputable body nor are they managed by qualified journalists.

Our journalism takes time, money and effort to deliver. But we do it because we believe we have a duty to Allah (swt).

You may not agree or like everything we publish. However, which other Muslim news site that is run by experienced journalists will take on the responsibility of being a shield for Islam and Muslims in the media?

If you follow 5Pillars, and you understand its importance in today’s climate, then please support us for as little as £5 a month, it only takes a minute to make a donation. Jazakallah khayran.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:“The best deeds are those done regularly, even if they are small.” [Ibn Mājah]



Add your comments below