April 29, 2019

Muslim community provides valuable information

A total of 44 suspects have been placed under CID custody in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings uptodate. Seven of these suspects held by the CID are females. In addition, fifteen other suspects are being held by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) including two females for investigations. Seven of the suspects being held for questioning by the TID were arrested in connection with the Dehiwela bomb blast. The remaining eight suspects had been arrested by the Army on suspicion of involving in terrorist related activities and handed over to the TID.

This was revealed by the Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunasekara at a media briefing held at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya, today (29 April). Military Spokesman and Director of the Media Centre Brigadier Sumith Atapattu headed the media briefing held this evening. Air Force Spokesman Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne and Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara were also present at the briefing.

Information of six wanted suspects in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings was publicized in the media recently. Three of these suspects are women while the others are men. Out of these six, two suspects were arrested by the personnel of the Gampola Police Division. The suspects are brothers named Mohomed Iwuhaim Saadiq Abdul Haq and Mohomed Iwuhaim Shahid Abdul Haq. They have been handed over to the CID for questioning. Another suspect, a woman named Fathima Latheefa was arrested in the Mawanella area by the CID. She has been identified as the wife of Mohomed Iwuhaim Saadiq Abdul Haq.

A wanted female suspect receiving treatment at the Ampara hospital has been identified as Abdul Cader Fathima Sadiya alias Siddiya, the wife of the terrorist bomber Zahran.

Investigating officers suspect that the two remaining suspects of the six wanted suspects, Pulasthini Rajendran alias Sara and Mohamed Casim Mohamed Rilwan may have died during the explosion in Chavalakadi in Kalmune but  DNA examinations are to be carried out to ascertain their true identity.

The Police Spokesman also mentioned of the valuable information provided by the Muslim community in carrying out the combined investigations. Especially, the initial information of a suspicious house in Chavalakadi had been passed on to a Traffic Policeman by a Muslim resident. This information had enabled authorities to unearth much important information about this terrorist group.