Zahran Hashim Wiki
Moulavi Zahran Hashim was a radical Islamist Imam and preacher who was identified as the suicide bomber at the Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo during the 2019 Sri Lanka Easter Bombings.
Moulvi Zahran was named by the Sri Lankan intelligence as the man behind the group known as National Thowheed Jamath (NTI) which is responsible for the attack. The horrific suicide bombings which have now killed 310 people, including eight British citizens.
Zahran Hashim was a prolific lecturer for National Tawheed Jamaath with several YouTube videos that were still available on that platform as of 9.30pm GMT on 21 April 2019. The videos were deleted the next morning.
Zahran Hashim ISIS Video
In a video released on Tuesday by Islamic State, purporting to feature the suicide bombers behind the Sri Lanka atrocities, one of the attackers pledges their allegiance to Hashim.
Dominic Waghorn reported that alarm had been raised in India and Sri Lanka about Hashim’s conduct for some time, and he was known to Sri Lankan intelligence – although authorities appeared not to have acted on the matter.
Sri Lanka’s deputy defense minister Ruwan Wijewardene said investigations were ongoing to identify the mastermind of the attack, but referenced an Islamic State video in which Zahran Hashim was mentioned.
Far from staying below the radar Zahran Hashim seems to have been begging for attention and well known to multiple intel agencies. Why did Sri Lanka do nothing? If it had 100s of lives would have been saved.
— Dominic Waghorn (@DominicWaghorn) April 24, 2019