Shocking new footage shows one of the Sri Lanka bombers praying in a mosque and getting himself ready in a nearby mosque before carrying out the attack on Easter Sunday.
CCTV footage shows Mohammed Nasar Mohammed Azar, 34, praying, chatting on the phone and scoping out his target before he blew himself up in the Zion church in Batticaloa.
Azar’s bomb killed 28 people in the church and more than 70 others we re injured in the blast.
The security camera footage, obtained by Sky News, captures several hours of the terrorist’s intense build up to the bombing as he arrived in the east coast city at around 2am.
He is caught on camera pulling up outside the Jami Us-Salam mosque in Batticaloa, just minutes away from the Zion Church, carrying two bags.
For two hours starting at 3.13am Azar paces up and down outside the church and checks his phone.
The U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka said on Tuesday that some of the Islamist militants involved in the Easter Sunday bombings on the island were likely still at large and could be planning fresh attacks.
Sri Lankan security forces also said they were maintaining a high level of alert amid intelligence reports that the militants were likely to strike before the start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan.
‘Tremendous progress has been made towards apprehending those plotters but I don’t think the story is over yet,’ Ambassador Alaina Teplitz said in an interview. ‘We do believe that there is active planning under way (for more attacks).’
Scores of suspected Islamists have been arrested in the multi-ethnic island nation since April 21 suicide bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals.
‘Security will stay tight for several days because military and police are still tracking down suspects,’ a senior police intelligence official said.