One of the bombers in the Sri Lanka terror attacks studied in the UK and Australia before returning to the Indian Ocean island, a government minister says.
Sri Lankan officials have not named the bomber who studied in Britain or identified the university he attended.
State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told reporters: “We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later did his postgraduate studies in Australia.”
Officials said there were nine suicide bombers who detonated explosives, and confirmed one of them was a woman.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the blasts at hotels and churches which have so far killed at least 359 people, the deadliest attack ever in south Asia and likely the deadliest ever linked to the terror group.
Eight of the nine bombers have been identified, officials said on Wednesday as the death toll increased to more than 350.
It has emerged the attackers included a ‘family of hate’ – a husband and wife, and the man’s brother-in-law.
The wife blew herself up, killing her three children, as police raided the couple’s luxury flat after her terrorist husband killed guests at a hotel.
At least 39 of the victims were foreigners, including eight from Britain.
Sri Lanka remains on high alert with the country under a state of emergency and an overnight curfew.
There were further scares on Wednesday as security forces carried out a controlled explosion on a bomb found in a bag in Katana, and another on a suspicious motorbike parked near the Savoy cinema in Colombo, local media reported.
No explosives were found on the motorbike, and it did not pose a threat after all.
An American envoy to Colombo believes terrorists in Sri Lanka are plotting more attacks.
The envoy said there were failures in Sri Lanka for the attack warnings to be missed.
British counter-terror experts and agents from the FBI are assisting Sri Lankan investigators.
More than 60 people have been arrested since the Easter Sunday bombings, and more than 100 are likely to be detained, said Lakshman Kiriella, leader of the country’s parliament.