ONE of the depraved Sri Lankan suicide bombers studied in the UK before returning to the Asian country to commit mass murder, a government minister said.
Officials added that the twisted ISIS extremist also studied a post-graduate degree in Australia but did not reveal his name.
In a news conference, State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said: “We believe that one of the suicide bombers studied in the UK and later did his postgraduate studies in Australia.”
Authorities said that there were nine suicide bombers including a woman who murdered at least 359 people on Easter Sunday.
ISIS has released a picture which it claims shows seven of the terrorists alongside the mastermind who co-ordinated the horrific massacre.
The image was released by the Amaq news agency — the death cult’s propaganda unit — and is said to show extremist cleric Zahran Hashim.
Hashim is seen with men in the picture who are all seen standing in front of an ISIS flag.
Amaq news agency claimed that the terrorists involved in the attacks were “fighters of the Islamic State”.
In an earlier statement, the extremists said: “The perpetrators of the attack that targeted nationals of the countries of the coalitions and Christians in Sri Lanka before yesterday are fighters from the Islamic State.”
On Monday, the Sri Lankan government named local terror group National Thowheeth Jama’ath as being responsible for carrying out the horrific attacks with the help of an “international network” of Jihadis.
Earlier it emerged that an unverified video posted to social media claimed an ISIS-affiliated group was behind the attacks.
The video, purportedly from Al Ghuraba Media, run by supporters of the terror group, featured the chilling message: “This bloody day is our reward to you.”
It also showed photos of three of the alleged suicide bombers.
The men are named as Abul Barra, Abul Mukhtar and Abu Ubaida and appear in front of a black ISIS flag giving a one-finger salute.