Easter Sunday attackers were from well-to-do families

The Easter Sunday suicide bombers were from well-to-do families and were well educated, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardena said today.

Speaking at a media conference today, Wijewardena said that some of the suicide bombers had been educated overseas.

“We believe one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later Australia before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka,” he said.

Wijewardena said that investigations revealed the group involved in the bombings had earlier been involved in damaging Buddhist statues in Kegalle this year.

He said that prior to the Easter Sunday attacks the group had been later operating from two safe houses, one in Negombo and one in Panadura.

The State Minister said that the attacks had been planned from these safe houses.

Wijewardena also maintained that, based on Sri Lankan intelligence services, the Easter Sunday attacks were motivated by the New Zealand mosque attacks in March. (Colombo Gazette)



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