Colombo, May 22 (BAN/ AD): DNA tests have confirmed that one of the two suicide bombers who died in the Shangri-La Hotel bombing during Easter Sunday attacks was Zahran Cassim, the leader of the local terror group National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ). He was mastermind behind the Easter blasts, who led the attack on the Shangri-La hotel and was accompanied by a second bomber identified as Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim.
Zahran’s wife, his daughter and a brother’s DNA samples were matched to prove Zahran identity. Nine suicide bombers were involved that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on April 21, killing more than 250 people and injuring 500 others.
The ISIS terror group claimed the attacks, but the government blamed the local terror group NTJ for the bombings. The victims included over 40 foreigners, 10 of whom were Indians. Zahran was one of the two suicide bombers at the Shangri-La Hotel where 36 people including 12 foreigners died.
Zahran’s wife and daughter were pulled out of the blasted house with burn injuries by the troops the following morning.