Colombo/Ahmedabad: A Sri Lankan software engineer who is believed to be the key suspect in Easter attack was under Indian surveillance for IS links.
According to Sri Lankan investigating agencies, Aadhil Ameez, a 24-year-old, was the link between two groups that carried out the attacks on churches and high end hotels that killed more than 250 people and wounded over five hundred.
Aadhil has been arrested but the information was not made public.
Police officials at India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) and another police official in Gujarat said they were providing assistance to Sri Lankan authorities.
His father, M. Ameez, who lives in Aluthgama, a town south of Colombo, denied that Aadhil was involved with the plotters and said such “allegations are lies”.
The Indian investigators said they had been monitoring Aadhil since 2016 and named him in two charge sheets filed in Indian courts against suspected Islamic State operatives as being one of their contacts.