One Of The Sri Lanka Bomber Brothers Blew Himself Up During Breakfast
New CCTV footage captured the moment one of the Sri Lanka bomber brothers nervously shuffled back and forth mere inches from hotel guests before he finally blew himself up at the Cinnamon Grand hotel.
Guests at the luxury Shangri-La and Cinnamon Grand hotels were having breakfast on Easter Sunday when wealthy brothers, Inshaf Ibrahim and Ilham Ibrahim, came in and detonated their vests.
The newly-released footage from a camera in the Cinnamon Grand’s packed Taprobane restaurant shows Inshaf standing just inches away from diners. He can be seen shuffling from foot to foot before detonating his suicide vest at 9.12am.
Inshaf, 38, had reportedly checked into the hotel the previous night using a fake name and claiming to be on a business trip. As Inshaf prepared to detonate the bomb at the Cinnamon Grand hotel, his brother and an accomplice were captured by CCTV footage in the five-star Shangri-La hotel.
The footage shows them as they took a lift. In the elevator, they appeared to discuss their plans as they made their way to the restaurant of the hotel. They then entered the Table One eatery as hotel guests were having breakfast.
Suddenly, the scene went from one of the diners peacefully enjoying their meal to in the plush restaurant to a scene of horror as the bomb explodes in a cloud of smoke and bright red flame.
At the same time, another bomb tore through a restaurant at the nearby Kingsbury hotel while similar explosions devastated three churches.
Hours after the explosions, police raided the £1.5million six-bed mansion where the brothers lived with their wives and children. The mansion is in an exclusive neighbourhood of Colombo.
But Ilham’s pregnant wife Fatima blew herself up, killing her three children and three officers.