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Sri Lanka bombers: Identity, sense of purpose drive the well-educated to terrorism

After an academic stint in England, Abdul Latif Jameel Mohammed moved to Australia for a postgraduate degree. Like any person of privilege, he could have had a coveted job in a city of his liking or enrolled in higher studies.

Instead, he chose to partake in Sri Lanka's worst terror attack in a decade. Mohammed was one of nine suicide bombers, including a woman, who were behind a chain of explosions on Easter Sunday on this south Asian island, killing at least 359 people. The attack has been claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 26, 2019, with the headline 'Identity, sense of purpose drive the well-educated to terrorism'. Print Edition | Subscribe