CID to question close associates of NZ attacker | Daily News

CID to question close associates of NZ attacker

* Left Sri Lanka as a student in 2011
* Was under surveillance in New Zealand

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) will question close associates of Ahamed Adhil Mohamed Samsudeen (32), the man who carried out the attack at a shopping mall in New Zealand, to gather more information regarding him and his activities. He was shot dead by Auckland Police after a stabbing spree that left seven people injured, three of them critically.

The Police media unit said that investigations revealed that the attacker had left Sri Lanka as a student in 2011 on a student visa.

While the attacker had entered New Zealand in 2011 from Sri Lanka, he was under surveillance by New Zealand Police since 2016 over his violent and extremist ideologies.

In 2017, the New Zealand Police had filed 23 charges against him at the High Court in Auckland for possessing images which showed extreme violence, cruelty and deaths in war scenes. He had two Facebook accounts that he used to share these images and videos. However he objected to the charges saying that the material he possessed were the atrocities committed against Muslim minorities on the Myanmar border.

The Court also heard that the images and other videos showed

atrocities committed in other parts of the Muslim world. The crown wanted to proceed with its prosecution of Adhil Samsudeen under the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act if the Chief Censor of Film and Literature believed the images to be objectionable.

Adhil was also charged with possessing an offensive weapon and also he was using a document to raise funds.

The suspect who carried out the attack has been identified as 31-year-old Mohamed Samsudeen Adhil of Gafoor shop Road,Kattankudy-01.

He has been associated with ISIS.The Kattankudy Police and the State Intelligence Service are following up on the incident.

Initial investigations revealed that he had received his early education in Batticaloa at the age of eight and went to Colombo Hindu College where he studied up to 2011. During the conflict period in 1998, his family had moved to Moratuwa.

After sitting for his GCE A/L in 2006, he had migrated to New Zealand for studies.

His father was the principal of Maligawatta Al-Hithaya School until his retirement in 2008. As his daughter had migrated to Canada he joined her after his retirement. Out of the suspect’s two siblings one has settled down in Qatar while the other sibling is in Saudi Arabia.

The suspect’s mother lived at a rented house in Kolonnawa and is now residing in Kattankudy.

Commenting on the radicalization of Muslims both in Sri Lanka and residing overseas Professor Rohan Gunaratna, Director General Institute of National Security Studies said, “The Islamic Stateideology drives individual personalities, cells, networks and groups to mount indiscriminate attacks against non-Muslims all over the world. The Islamic State advocates attacks against non-Muslims and Muslims who do not subscribe to its politico- religious ideology. The ideological crime perpetrated by an individual can be categorized as a terrorist crime. Terrorist attacks in 2020 and 2021 perpetrated by citizens of New Zealand and the UK of Sri Lankan origin and Muslim ethnicity demonstrates a trend. They were neither integrated to the host country or the homeland community. As such,they were vulnerable to extremist ideologies.It is vital to counter the exclusivist ideologies such as Salafi Wahabism that separates Muslims from other communities.Resilience against terrorist indoctrination can be built by integrating Muslims living in Sri Lanka to mainstream Sri Lankans and Muslims living overseas to their host communities.”

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