Sri Lanka Suicide Bombers Identified As Sons Of Wealthy Spice Merchant

Sri Lankan police have determined that two of the eight suicide bombers who carried out the Easter Sunday bombings, one of the deadliest terror attacks in recent memory, were the sons of one of the wealthiest businessmen in the country – a spice trader whose family lived in what the New York Times described as a “beautiful white villa” just outside of the capital, Colombo.

The spice trader, Mohammad Yusuf Ibrahim, built his fortune on black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla. He was even celebrated by Sri Lanka’s former president for his “outstanding service to the nation.” But that didn’t stop two of his sons from joining a jihadist group and pledging their allegiance to ISIS.

Ibrahim has been arrested, one of 40 people rounded up during the investigation into the attacks, and is presently being questioned by police, who are trying to determine what he knew about his sons’ activities, if anything.

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