The wife of one of the suicide bombers has given birth to their first child, two weeks after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed as many as 250 people in Sri Lanka.
Colombo: Two weeks after the terror attacks across Sri Lanka, the wife of one of the suicide bombers delivered their child.
Alawddin Ahmed Muath, a 22-year-old law graduate, was one of the nine suicide bombers who carried out a series of coordinated attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels on Easter Sunday.
His wife of 14 months had been pregnant with their child when Muath blew himself up at St Anthony’s Church in Colombo. She delivered the baby two weeks after the blast on May 5.
During a court hearing on Tuesday, Muath's 59-year-old father Ahmed Lebbe Alawddin informed chief magistrate Lanka Jayaratne that the bomber was the fourth of his five children. He was about to be enrolled into Colombo Law College for further studies.
Alawddin said that he last saw his son on April 14 when he visited his elder sister after the delivery of her child on April 13.
Muath’s father told the court that he identified his son by the remains of his head. He also said that he had arranged to send money for his son’s expenses every month. Muath's mother said that he was not employed but had been married to a woman in Sainthamaruthu.
One of Muath's relatives said that he had written a note to his brother-in-law which read, "Please do not look for me, I will not be coming back hereafter. Please look after my parents well and pray for me". The note was only found after his death.
Meanwhile, two brothers of the bomber were taken into custody by the Criminal Investigations Department upon detention orders issued by the court.
The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group, the National Thawheed Jamaath, for the bombings.
As many as 250 people will killed in the dastardly attack that took place across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday.
The attack created unrest in the island country after local Sinhalese mob began attacking Muslims.
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Last Updated May 16, 2019, 4:59 PM IST