May 21, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Tuesday said DNA tests confirmed that Zaharan Hashim, the leader of the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) was one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at the Shangri-La hotel on Easter Sunday.
The Government Analyst's Department Tuesday has released the reports of DNA tests conducted on the Easter Sunday bombers and their relatives.
The police have received the reports of DNA tests, Police Media Spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara revealed this at a media conference held at the Media Center of Defense Ministry this afternoon.
He said the with the latest test results the police have re-confirmed the identities of all the seven suicide bombers and two others who exploded explosives on April 21.
According to the Police Media Spokesman, the two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the Shangri La Hotel. One of the explosions was carried out by Mohamed Ibrahim Ilham Ahmed, while his brother Mohamed Ibrahim Inshaf Ahmed carried out the attack at Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.
The two bombers were sons of the well-known businessman Ibrahim Ahmed and the Government Analyst's Department report has confirmed that suicide bombers' DNA match with their father's DNA.
The other suicide bomber at the Shangri-La Hotel was the NTJ leader Zaharan Hashim and the Government Analyst has matched DNA from remains of the bomber with his daughter's DNA. Accordingly, it was confirmed that the NTJ leader was killed, the Police Spokesman said.
The bomber at St Sebastian Church in Katuwapitiya was identified as Mohamed Hasthun and St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade was bombed by a man named Alawdeen Ahmed Muaz. Their identities were confirmed by matchin their DNA with their parents' the spokesman said.
The Tropical Inn in Dehiwala was bombed by Abdul Latheef Jamel Mohamad, whose bomb failed to go off at the target Taj Samudra. His identity was confirmed by a match between his and his daughter's DNA.
The seventh suicide bomber was Mohamed Nasser Mohamed Asad, who targeted Zion Church in Batticaloa. He was identified by matching his DNA with that of his mother.
The DNA of Mohamed Assam Mohammed Mubarak, the bomber at Kingsbury Hotel matched with his child's DNA.
Shortly after the hotel bomb attacks, Fathima Ilham, the wife of the Shangri La bomber Mohamed Ibrahim Ilham Ahmed blew herself up killing three children and three police officers when the police raided their house in Dematagoda. The DNA tests have confirmed that the woman was Shangri La bomber's wife and the children were his children.
Accordingly, the Government Analyst's Department has informed the police that the DNA tests have confirmed identity of all the suicide bombers, who were killed in the attacks.