COLOMBO - Sri Lanka's police Tuesday (May 21) said DNA tests confirmed that the ringleader of the Easter attacks, Zahran Hashim, was one of the suicide bombers who blew himself up at the Shangri-La hotel.
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said the government's main forensic laboratory matched Hashim's daughter's DNA with the remains of one of the bombers at the hotel.
"With the latest test results we have re-confirmed the identities of all the seven suicide bombers plus two others who exploded explosives on April 21," Gunasekera said, explaining that police had matched their DNA with that of their relatives.
The second attacker at the Shangri-La was identified as Ilham Ibrahim, whose brother Inshaf was the lone suicide bomber at the nearby Cinnamon Grand hotel, according to police.
Another Colombo hotel and three Christian churches were also bombed at about the same time killing 258 people and leaving nearly 500 wounded. Forty five of the dead were foreign nationals.