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    Sri Lankan Police Says Daesh-Linked Coordinator of Deadly Easter Blasts Killed

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    NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - Zahran Hashim, an Islamic extremist linked to Daesh* terrorist group, who is believed to have played a key role in Sri Lanka's deadly Easter bombings, had died, Sri Lankan police said on Friday.

    "The leader of Jamaat al-Tawhid al-Watania, who coordinated the bombings in Sri Lanka, died in the Shangri-La hotel," the police said on Twitter without providing details on the circumstances of his death.

    READ MORE: Sri Lankan Muslim Leaders Urge Women Not to Wear Veil in Wake of Recent Attacks

    On Easter Sunday, Sri Lanka was shaken by a series of coordinated attacks that left around 250 people dead. These attacks, which targeted churches and luxury hotels, were the worst the country has faced since the end of its 25-year-old civil war in 2009. Daesh reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks on Tuesday.

    A video released by the terror group after it claimed responsibility for the bombings reportedly appears to feature Hashim at the moment he was swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

    Sri Lanka launched a criminal investigation immediately after the attacks, already having arrested over 100 suspects.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/IS) is a terrorist group banned in Russia

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