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The alleged mastermind behind the attacks in Sri Lanka was declared dead



The fiery Islamic cleric, who allegedly ruled the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka, was declared dead, the country's president reported.

President Maithripala Sirisena announced that Zahram Hashim died at the Hotel Shangri-La in the capital of the country BBC reported on Friday in the BBC.

Sirisena identified Hashim as the leader of the attack on the popular tourist hotel. He was assisted by another man named Ilham, the president said.

Hashim, a radical preacher who used the Burning Twin Towers as the background for his hateful online sermons, was named Head of Coordinated Attacks earlier this week. Around 253 people were killed in three churches and four hotels.

He called the local terror cell National Towheed Jama'ar, the BBC reported.

In the aftermath of the attacks, a video has emerged that believes a man In earlier reports, he had been committed to the Hashim's commitment to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State in Iraq.

It was not clear if Hashim was directly connected to the IS or just a local jihadist who had committed to them. [1

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Hashim started out as a little preacher, but his teachings became more and more popular some ar eas, she said.

Many residents of his hometown, the Muslim community of Kattankudy, hesitated and were afraid to talk about him.


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