POLICE in Sri Lanka have identified all nine people thought to be suicide bombers who killed 257 people on Easter Sunday.
Officers claimed two of the terrorists were brothers from a wealthy family of spice importers from Colombo and confirmed the attackers’ assets would now be seized.
Zahran Hashim has been named as the leader of a local jihadist group behind the bombings. He detonated his device alongside fellow Islamist Ilham Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim at the luxury Shangri-La hotel.
Ilham’s elder brother Ishaf Ahmed is suspected of bombing the Cinnamon Grand Hotel nearby. A third hotel, the Kingsbury, was allegedly bombed by Mohamed Azzam Mubarak Mohamed. Police confirmed they have since arrested his wife.
According to police, a fifth man, Mohamed Nasser Mohamed Asad, bombed a Christian Zion church in Batticaloa. Another man, Abdul Latheef, failed to detonate his device at a luxury hotel, instead blowing up a guest house near Colombo.
Shortly afterwards, Fathima Ilham, wife of the two brothers, detonated her suicide vest, killing her two children and three policemen.