Religious leaders, police and government officials meet with residents at Mirihana Police to renew Civil Security Committees in SJP Kotte after the Easter terror attacks. (Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Harsha de Silva/Twitter)

Father, Two Brothers of Suspected Sri Lanka Bombings Mastermind Killed in Gun Battle

The father and two brothers of the suspected mastermind of Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings were killed when security forces stormed their safe house on the east coast two days ago, police and a relative said on Sunday.

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

Kamal Jayanathdhi, the officer in charge at Kalmunai police station on the east coast, confirmed the three men had died along with a child that appears in the video, and that the undated clip in which they discuss martyrdom, had been shot in the same house where the gun battle took place.

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