Sri Lanka bomber who studied in Britain BOTCHED his Easter Day attack

Mail Online | 4/21/2019 | Miranda Aldersley For Mailonline
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The Easter Sunday terrorist who studied in Britain is believed to have botched his attempt to detonate his bomb at a five-star hotel in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

Police are investigating whether Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed's backpack failed to explode after he tried to leave it at the luxury Taj Samudra hotel, where he had checked in the day before.

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He is thought to have blown himself up by accident at a much smaller guest house - the Tropical Inn in the suburb of Dehiwala - two hours after the co-ordinated blasts across Sri Lanka.

Mohamed had reportedly been trying to examine his bomb’s malfunctioning mechanism. The bomb then exploded, killing him and one other person.

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He may have been forced to take the bag away from the busy Tak Samudra hotel when a staff member saw it and gave it back to him, potentially saving dozens lives in the process.

Yesterday it emerged that Mohamed - one of nine members of an ISIS death squad that killed 359 people and injured more than 500 on Easter Sunday - is believed to have studied in the southeast of England at some point between 2006 and 2007.

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He later did a postgraduate course in Australia, before returning to settle in Sri Lanka.

Earlier the country's Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene confirmed one of the bombers studied in the UK, but did not name him or which university or college he attended.

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But he did say the attackers were all middle or upper class, well educated, from financially stable families, and that many of them had higher education.

The middle-class gang included wealthy brothers Ilham Ibrahim, 32, and Inshaf Ibrahim, 35, who caused carnage at the Shangri-La Hotel and the Cinnamon Grand as guests ate breakfast. Their multi-millionaire father once stood for parliament.

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