TID arrests two suspects for holding lecture on extremist ideologies to students

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – The Terrorism Investigation Division of Police has arrested two persons for holding lectures on fundamentalist and extremist ideologies for a group of students who have completed the GCE Ordinary Level Examination.

The suspects were arrested in the Oluvil area yesterday (07), police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

The arrested suspects are aged 30 and 39 and are residents of Oluvil area.

It is revealed that the two suspects had received guidance from Saharan Hashim, the main suicide bomber involved in the Easter Sunday attack.

According to reports, the suspects had used video footage and other content, used by foreign extremist groups in their lectures to recruit new members.

The classes were held in December 2018 in the Oluvil area and it has been revealed that the students who participated in the classes were given various physical exercises without their consent, the police spokesman said.

The two suspects have been taken to the Terrorist Investigation Division in Colombo. They are to be further questioned on detention orders.

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