Sri Lanka suicide bombers studied in UK says country's defence minister

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One of the suicide bombers in the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka studied in the UK and Australia, it emerged today.

The country's Deputy Defence Minister Ruwan Wijewardene did not name the terrorist, or which university or college he attended.

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But he did say the attackers were all middle or upper class, well educated, from financially stable families, and that many of them had higher education.

The revelation that one of the terrorists studied in Britain sparked fears that he could have been radicalised at a university here.

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Eight British nationals died when suicide bombers targeted churches and hotels, and the number of confirmed dead had risen to 359.

Security expert Professor Anthony Glees also suggested MI5 will know the identity of the bomber with the British link.

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The defence minister today also revealed that there were nine suicide bombers - eight men pictured swearing allegiance to ISIS and one of their wives who blew herself up when police raided her home - and said eight have been identified.

They used two safehouses to mastermind the atrocity, he added.

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Mr Wijewardene said: 'We believe one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and then later on did his postgraduate in Australia, before coming back to settle in Sri Lanka.'

He spoke out as came as Alaina Teplitz, America's ambassador to Sri Lanka, said America believes there are 'ongoing terrorist plots' in the country while warning of attacks on 'large gatherings [and] public spaces'.

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Mr Wickremesinghe has previously warned that suspects armed with explosives were still at large, while Mr Wijewardene told people to 'remain vigilant'.

'The investigation is still being conducted by our intelligence agencies, we have made a significant amount of arrests,' he said.

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'We have gathered a considerable amount of information about who was involved in these atrocities and about extremist elements within...
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