Colombo : Stunned at her neighbour’s infamous act of inhumanity, Sri Lankan house wife Fathima Fazla little did she know that her neighbours who stayed in the grand three-storey home across the street as the wealthy celebrities of her humble Colombo suburb, would turn out to be the main culprits behind the suicide attacks on Easter Sunday that killed more than 350 people and injured more than 500 others.
Sri Lanka enjoyed a decade of relative peace, but the country was utterly shaken and shocked after the bomb blasts that killed many innocents on the holy day of the Christians, Easter Sunday.
The Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks on three churches and four hotels.
As per police investigation, two wealthy brothers namely Inshaf and Ilham Ibrahim were the ones who carried out the suicide bomb attacks. Inshaf Ibrahim, a 33 year old copper factory owner, detonated his explosive at the busy breakfast buffet of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel, a source close to the family said.
When police went later that day to raid the family home, his younger brother Ilham Ibrahim detonated a bomb that killed him, his wife and the couple’s three children, the source told Reuters, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals.
Whoever knew about the Ibrahims, called them as the most charitable people in the entire neighbourhood who helped the poor with food and money. “It’s unthinkable his children have done that”, said one of the neighbours.
The early Sunday bombings shattered the relative calm that had existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu, ethnic Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago, and raised fears of a return to sectarian violence.