Sri Lanka cancels Sunday masses for 2nd weekend

07 May, 2019, 05:58 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Sri Lanka police name all 9 Easter Sunday suicide bombers

This is the first time that a top Sri Lankan security official has confirmed that the bombers had visited India, which had shared intelligence inputs with Colombo ahead of the attack.

"They are not responsible for what happened, the Muslim religion is a religion of peace and we will never be against you", he said.

Sri Lanka's main worldwide airport is located in the area, but police said there was no disruption to airport traffic.

Sri Lanka's main global airport is located in the area, but police said there was no disruption. The arrest of the Lankan man assumes significance in the wake of reports about the alleged visit of the perpetrators of the recent blast that had rocked Sri Lanka on the Easter day.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a statement the government will compensate those who lost property in the night-time clashes.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said a clash on Sunday between two individuals in Negombo, where 102 people attending an Easter service were killed on April 21, quickly escalated.

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The April 21 bombings at churches and luxury hotels killed 253 people and officials have warned that suspects linked to the bombings are still at large. From here, yesterday, the decision to keep churches and even Catholic schools closed "until further news". We have asked the Sri Lankan authorities to provide us more details. "The-Church-calls-for-prayers-46821.html" class="local_link" >three churches and three hotels in Colombo that left 257 people dead.

Tensions gripped Negombo on Sunday as authorities prepared to reopen public schools after an extended Easter vacation following the suicide attacks.

A Union home ministry official did not comment on the Sri Lanka Army chief's comment.

Agovernment source said on Tuesday police and other security forces across the Buddhist-majority country had been ordered to remain on high alert because the militants were expected to try to strike again, before the holy month of Ramadan which starts on Monday.

The police have arrested more than 150 suspects, but it is still not clear who the principal authors were. Of these, at least 40 are foreigners and 50 are children.

The attacks were blamed on the local National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ) whose leader was among the suicide bombers.

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