Sri Lanka Suicide Bomber FAMILY
Two sons of a wealthy spice trader carried out suicide blasts in the Sri Lanka terror attacks on Easter Sunday, it has been claimed.
The Muslim brothers, Ilham Ibrahim and Inshaf , blew themselves up as guests queued for breakfast at the Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels in the capital.
They were in their late twenties and operated their own 'family cell', an investigation officer said as Sri Lankan police continue to probe the bombings that killed 359 people. It is not known where their parents are.
One brother gave false identity details when he checked into the hotel, but the other gave a real address which led police commandos to their family home in a commercial area of Colombo.
When the Special Task Force went to the house to investigate, Ilham Ibrahim's wife, Fatima, set off a bomb, killing herself and her two children, according to police sources.
Three police commandos were killed in the blast, and several extended family members are among those in detention, Daily Mail reports.
'It was a single terror cell operated by one family,' the investigator said. 'They had the cash and the motivation. They operated the cell and it is believed they influenced their extended family.'
ISIS have released an image of the suspected suicide bombers. It is unclear which two in the group are the brothers. Pictured centre is purported National Thowfeek Jamaath leader Moulvi Zahran Hashim.
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