Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

No record to suggest that some Sri Lanka bombers visited Kashmir

No record to suggest that some Sri Lanka bombers visited Kashmir

Sri Lanka bolstered security Friday with fears of attacks against several bridges and flyovers in Colombo as well as police stations.

India had alerted Sri Lanka as early as April 4 to the possibility of imminent suicide attacks which became a reality on April 21.

Sri Lanka's Catholic cardinal has received "foreign information" that attempts would be made this week to attack a church.

Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in Sri Lanka's capital after the government warned of more possible attacks by the same Islamic State-linked group that carried out Easter suicide bombings that killed 257 people.

"For your own good, we have chose to close down those institutions", wrote Ranjith, who is also an outspoken critic of the Sri Lankan government's apparent failure to act on Indian government intelligence in advance of the Easter attacks.

In an interview to the BBC, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army, divulged some details on the movements of the suspects in the region and also global links.

"They had gone to India, Kashmir, Bangalore, Kerala state". When asked about the objective of the visit, he said it was for some sort of a training or to establish links with other organisations outside the country. "Now we have set up the Joint Terrorism Analyzing Centre to analyze all the intelligence reports from different investigating agencies to ensure every report is given due attention to avoid security lapses", he has said.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks in Sri Lanka that claimed over 250 lives.

Sri Lanka banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the blasts.

Lt Gen Senanayake also added that after looking at the pattern of the operation and the places that the leadership has travelled to, there has to be some outside involvement of some leadership or instructions.

Minister Wallace has said that extremist terrorists always adapt new strategies every time they carry out an act of terrorism and it is important for intelligence services in every country to share information with each other in this global effort to combat terrorism.

Asked why Sri Lanka was targeted, the Commander said: "Too much of freedom, too much of peace for the last 10 years".

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