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Easter Sunday bomber was radicalised by radical British-Pakistani preacher: Report

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

One of the Sunday bombers, who attempted

to bomb the luxury here, was radicalised by British-Pakistani radical while he was studying at a university in London, according to a media report.

Abdul Latheef Mohamed Jameel, 37, who hailed from a wealthy family involved in the tea trade, reportedly met the radical while studying at Kingston University, the reported.

Choudary, 52, is considered one of the UK's most influential and dangerous radical preachers. He was convicted and jailed in 2016 for inviting support for the Islamic State group but was released in 2018.

Counter-extremism experts early this year had warned that Choudary's group network was regenerating itself.

Jameel, a father of four children, was the link between local radicals and IS or other Islamist groups based abroad, Sri Lannkan security officers told the

Jameel was one of the nine bombers who carried out a series of blasts targeting three churches and three hotels in Colombo in which which nearly 360 people were killed.

Jameel's target on April 21 bombings was the of Tata Group's hospitality arm, (IHCL). But his bomb probably failed and he was seen leaving the premises.

He later blew himself up at a motel in the suburb of Dehiwala, killing two guests.

Jameel studied in the UK and before he tried to go to

Several years ago, his family became concerned about his hardline views and enlisted the help of a

A told the BBC: "He (Jameel) was completely radicalised and supported the ideology. I tried to reason with him.

"When I asked him how he got into this he said that he attended the sermons of the radical British in He said he met him during the sermons.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 16:26 IST