Delving deep into the conspiracy behind the Easter bombings, the Indian investigating agencies have confirmed that two of the attackers visited India in 2012 on business visas, partially corroborating the claims made by Sri Lanka’s Army Chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, reports The New Indian Express.
According to the report, Senanayake had claimed that some of the Easter Sunday suicide bombers had visited to Kashmir, Kerala and Bengaluru “for some sort of training”. However, the Indian agencies have refuted his statement that two of them received any sort of training, saying that they visited India for a business trip.
As per the report, Ilham Ahmed Mohammad Ebrahim and his older brother Inshaf Ahmed, two of the suicide bombers, had travelled to Bengaluru, Kochi, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi with valid passports on business. These two led the fidayeen attacks in Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand Hotel which claimed 253 lives and injured more than 500 people.
Top sources in central intelligence agencies said that the father of the two suicide bombers’, Mohammed Ibrahim, who was subsequently arrested, is a spice tycoon and his company Ishana Exports Pvt Ltd, based in Colombo, is listed in Trade India’s list of verified exporters offering quality spices and copper tubes.