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Second team of NTJ terrorists ready for bombing, Indian officials tell Lanka

23 April 2019 - 2545   - 0

Indian security agencies have alerted Sri Lanka that another attack could be carried out by the National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ), the Hindustan Times reports quoting senior officials of the SITE Intelligence Group.

Noufar Moulvi, brother-in-law of Hashim, recently returned to Sri Lanka from Qatar and had taken charge of the group, the report read.

The NTJ, the little known group blamed for the bombing of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday, appears to have been inspired by Islamic State (IS) though direct links between the two are yet to be established, people familiar with developments said on Monday.

The NTJ was formed in Kattankudy, a Muslim-dominated town in eastern Sri Lanka, in 2014. Its founder Zahran Hashim alias Abu Ubaida is believed to have been the suicide bomber who targeted Shangri-La Hotel with military grade explosives.

 

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