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Woman who followed Zahran’s ‘classes’ arrested

The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) had arrested a 24-year-old female believed to be a follower of Easter Sunday attacks mastermind Zahran Hashim.

Police Spokesman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Ajith Rohana said woman identified as Mohommed Ibrahim Zahida had been arrested on February 19. She had attended classes held by Zahran Hashim.

“She was arrested for attending classes on extremism. The classes had been organized by the main perpetrator of the Easter Sunday bombings Zaharan Hashim and the classes had been conducted in Kathankudy in December 2018. The female suspect was interrogated by the TID and she had revealed that 15 women had attended these classes along with her, which was organized by Hashim. Five women who had attended these classes had been killed in the bomb explosion in Saindamarudu subsequent to the Easter bombings and they had committed suicide. Another three suspects are in remand custody. In addition, another seven female suspects, including the female who was arrested on Friday, are detained at the TID on detention orders,” he added.

Further investigations revealed that Zaharan Hashim has taken an oath of Baiyath (Islamic pledge) from the female suspects after the conclusion of these classes. After the oath, DIG Rohana explained that they should be ready to commit suicide at any given time, according to the teachings that they had been taught by Hashim. “We are conducting further investigations according to the statements given by the various parties and information revealed through interrogating the suspects who are in TID custody,”he said.