State Minister of Defense Ruwan Wijewardene today said that most of the suicide bombers, who conceded out a suicide bombing campaign on Easter Sunday are well educated and come from maybe middle or upper-middle class families.
“Some of them have studied in various other countries, they hold degrees and they are quite well-educated people and one such bomber completed his post-graduate education in Australia,” the minister told foreign media brief.
He also confirmed that the National Thouheed Jama’ath (NTJ), the local Muslim terror group who conceded out a suicide bombing campaign on Easter Sunday had a link to a foreign fundamentalist terrorist suit but failed to identify them as it might obstruct inquiries.
Minister Wijewardene noted that he could not say whether the Easter Sunday terrorist attack on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka had any linking to the New Zealand Mosque attack by an Australian extremist on March 15 and added “However, I believe that the New Zealand attack may have been a motivation to the Sunday’s attack here,” said the minister.
Minister Wijewardene also said intelligence accounts indicate that the NTJ terrorist group has been active for several years in many parts of the country radicalizing Muslim youth and a number of youths had joined the ill-famed and cruel terrorist group IS, (the Islamic State).