Sisters of two alleged Sri Lankan suicide bombers announced Thursday that their siblings – called "educated people" by officials – became increasingly distant and "totally crazy" massacres on Easter Sunday in the years prior to the coordinated crackdown ,
Her comments came when it became known that one of the bombers had been released by the police after he had been arrested at some point.
"He told male relatives that they had cut their beards and became mad and totally crazy," said Samsul Hidaya, who identified herself as the sister of alleged bomber Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, to the Daily Mail. "So I have Just stop talking to him because it's getting to the point where it's out of control. "
In an interview published on Thursday, Hidaya confirmed reports that her brother, who was in her late twenties, was studying abroad had Britain and Australia before returning to Sri Lanka, but she says she was "another man" after coming home from Down Under.
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"I had many arguments with him," she said. "First, he started quoting from the scriptures, and I would say," OK, you're right. "
" But then the conversation became deeper into religion and I could not follow what he said, "she added.
Mohammad Hashim Madaniya, who calls himself the sister of the radical Islamic cleric Zahran Hashim (aka Mohammed Zahran) – told the BBC a similar story.
Her brother was mentioned in the media reports as the suicide bomber and possibly the mastermind of the attacks, and Hashim was allegedly included in ISIS propaganda who were responsible for It claimed bombings that left 359 dead and hundreds more wounded.
But before Hashim's descent into radicalism – as the hateful online sermons show on YouTube – He cut off contact with his sister
"We had a very good relationship in our childhood. He was very friendly with everyone in the neighborhood, "Madaniya told the BBC," but for the past two years he has not been in contact with us.
Madaniya says she learned of her brother's alleged involvement in the media bombings.
"I never thought, even for a moment, that he would do such a thing," she said. "I deeply regret what he did, even if he's my brother, I can not accept that, I'm not interested in him anymore."
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Madaniya says Hashim had gone offline after the Sri Lankan police tried to arrest him years ago for allegedly fueling violence between Muslim groups. She also claimed that her older parents had left their Sri Lankan home days before the bombing and have not heard anything since.
"I think my brother could have stayed in contact with them," she said.
Police have reportedly tracked down the father of two sons suspected of blowing himself up in the attacks.
Mohamed Yusuf Ibrahim, a wealthy spice merchant in Colombo – the city where many of the bombings took place – is in custody on suspicion that he helped his sons, according to CNN.
A government spokesman also told the network that one of his sons, Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim, had previously been arrested and then released. He is suspected of targeting a hotel.
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. "It was the suicide bomber of the Cinnamon bombing that was released earlier," said Sudarshana Gunawardana.
By Thursday, 58 people were arrested and the police continue to conduct controlled detonations of suspicious items as they continue to investigate the attacks.