The software engineer alleged by authorities of having provided technical and logistical backing to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was watched by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, Reuters reported on Tuesday citing investigators.
Four sources in Sri Lankan investigating organizations had said they believed 24-year-old Aadhil Ameez was the connection between two groups that carried out the attacks on churches and hotels.
Aadhil has been detained and is in police custody, the sources said. His arrest has not been made public, but when asked by Reuters, Police Spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera had established that Aadhil was taken into custody on April 25, four days after the attacks.
A police official at India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) and another police official in the western state of Gujarat said they were providing aid to Sri Lankan authorities.
Reuters said Aadhil, who defines himself on his LinkedIn profile as a senior engineer/programmer/web designer with a master’s degree in computer science and a bachelors in political science from UK universities, could not be extended for comment.
“He seems to have played an important role in setting up communications for the attackers, helping organize meetings and training camps,” said one of the military sources.