He was offensive about other religions, happy he’s dead: Sister of Sri Lanka bombings mastermind

Madhaniya said that her brother “learnt religion from the wrong people and learnt to kill people instead”. “I should say that I am happy that he is no more,” she said.

St Sebastian’s Church damaged in blast in Negombo | Photo from AP

The sister of one of the suspected suicide bombers involved in plotting the searial blasts in Sri Lanka said her brother was offensive about other religions and would often spew venom in his speeches since he was a teenages.

Suspected bomber Zahran Hashim’s sister criticised him for his extemist views and said that she is happy that he is dead.

Zahran Hashim, the head of the extremist group National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ, led the attack at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo on April 21 and was accompanied by a second bomber identified as Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim. Hashim appeared in a video released by the Islamic State group after they claimed the bombings

Zahran Hashim’s sister, 26-year-old Madhaniya, said that she stopped talking to her brother back in 2017 after he “started preaching against the government, non-Muslims, the national flag and other religions”, a report by The Indian Express quoted her as saying.

“He brought catastrophe upon our family,” she said, adding, “I should say that I am happy that he is no more.”

‘HAPPY HE’S DEAD’

Madhaniya said that her brother “learnt religion from the wrong people and learnt to kill people instead”. “I should say that I am happy that he is no more,” she said.

The father and two brothers Zahran Hashim were killed when security forces stormed their safe house two days ago, police sources and a relative of the suicide bombers told Reuters on Sunday.

Zainee Hashim, Rilwan Hashim and their father Mohamed Hashim, who were seen in a video circulating on social media calling for all-out war against non-believers, were among 15 killed in a fierce gun battle with the military on the east coast on Friday, four police sources said.

The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts at three churches and four luxury hotels. One injured child has been admitted to hospital.

(With inputs from agencies