ONE of the warped Sri Lankan suicide bombers studied at a UK university sensationally branded a hotbed of extremism by David Cameron.
Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed studied aerospace engineering at Kingston University between 2006 and 2007, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The brainwashed ISIS militant – one of nine bombers to carry out the Easter Sunday atrocity – spent a year at the uni in South West London before studying a postgraduate course in Melbourne, Australia, security sources confirmed.
British intelligence services are now probing whether Mohamed could have been radicalised while attending Kingston – which was “named and shamed” by former UK Prime Minister Cameron.
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At the time, Kingston strongly denied the claims made by Cameron calling it “highly unlikely” that students would be brainwashed while studying there.
College bosses challenged the government to show evidence insisting they had been wrongly singled out by the PM.
Last night police sources said Mohamed may have targeted the five-star Taj Hotel in Colombo but his backpack failed to explode.
WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR:
- At least 359 people killed and 500 injured after nine suicide bombers attacked three churches, four hotels and a block of flats in Sri Lanka
- Thirty-nine foreigners were killed including eight Brits, ‘several’ Americans, one Dutch, one Chinese, two Turkish, three Danes and one Portuguese national
- 40 suspects have been arrested
- Authorities name local Islamic terror group National Thowheeth Jama’ath as being responsible for the attacks saying they were helped by ‘international network’ of jihadis
- ISIS claims the suicide bombers were ‘soldiers of the Islamic State’
Officers are looking into the theory that he returned to his room at the nearby tropical Inn Guest House and tried to fix it – but the explosive blew up killing him and two others.
There is also the possibility that the evil terrorist decided to detonate his bomb at the smaller venue, five hours after the initial blasts rocked the city, when he realised police were closing in on him.
His expertise in mechanical engineering suggests he could have been one of the masterminds who helped build the deadly suicide vests.
Aussie PM Scott Morrison said one of the ISIS mass murderers had spent time in Australia but declined to name Mohamed specifically, reports News.com.au.
He said: “I can confirm the suicide bomber had been in Australia
“They departed in early 2013. That individual had been here on a student and graduate skilled visa. They had no visa (since).”
He said the man held a spouse and child visa at a time and did not return after leaving around six years ago.
Intelligence services are also looking into the travel plans of two of the other suicide bombers – who were brothers from a wealthy, educated family.
One of the sick siblings, Inshaf Ahamed Ibrahim, flew frequently around the world including trips to the UK, according to a source at his family’s spice business.
His brother Ilham Ibrahim, 36, is understood to have set off the first bomb at the Shangri-La hotel.
Police sources later confirmed Inshaf, 35, was the suicide bomber who blew up the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.
BAND OF BRAINWASHED BROTHERS
Their twisted family of hate is at the centre of the series of horrifying attacks in Sri Lanka which left at least 359 dead.
The brothers’ millionaire dad, Yoonis, who is also a trustee at the local mosque, was among more than 40 suspected jihadis in custody.
Police revealed that Ibrahim’s pregnant burka-clad wife Fatima was a key player in the bomb plot.
And when armed SWAT teams arrived at the couple’s home she killed herself, her three young sons, her unborn child and three cops with a suicide vest.
Police have now linked at least four of the family’s eight brothers to the attacks on churches and hotels in the country.
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Seconds after Ilham blew himself at the Shangri-La, YouTube Islamist ranter Zahran Hashim detonated a second device at the luxury hotel which left five Brits dead.
Speaking about the extremists’ backgrouds, Mr Wijewardene said: “Some of the suicide bombers – most of them are well educated and come from maybe middle and upper middle class.
“So they are financially quite independent. Their families are quite stable financially. So that is a worrying factor in this.
“They studied in various other countries. They hold degrees, LLMs (law degrees). They are quite well educated people.”