Wanted Sri Lanka radical Hashim died in hotel attack: president

COLOMBO, An Islamic extremist believed to have

played a key role in Sri Lanka's deadly Easter bombings died in an attack on

a Colombo hotel, the country's president confirmed Friday.

What intelligence agencies have told me is that Zahran was killed during

the ShangriLa attack, President Maithripala Sirisena told reporters,

referring to Zahran Hashim, leader of a local extremist group.

Hashim appeared in a video released by the Islamic State group after they

claimed the bombings, but his whereabouts after the blasts was not

immediately clear.

Sirisena did not immediately clarify what Hashim's role was in the attack

on the ShangriLa, one of six bomb blasts that killed over 250 people on


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)