Sri Lankan Authorities Arrest Scholar For Alleged Links To Bombing Ringleader

Published on 12 May 2019, 15:48
According to a report by Reuters, Sri Lankan authorities have arrested a Saudi-educated scholar for what they claim are links with Zahran Hashim, the suspected ringleader of the Easter Sunday bombings, highlighting the rising influence of Salafi-Wahhabi Islam on the island's Muslims. A police statement late on Friday read, “Information has been revealed that the suspect arrested had a close relationship with ... Zahran and had been operating financial transactions." The statement reportedly claimed that Aliyar was “involved” with training in the southern town of Hambantota for the group of suicide bombers who attacked hotels and churches on Easter, killing over 250 people.

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