Sri Lanka warns that Islamic militant attacks cannot be excluded
COLOMBO: Researchers Have Dismantled A Large Part Of The Network Sri Lanka ' S Easter Sunday Bombing, Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe Said On Tuesday, But Warned The Opportunity That Further Islamic Militant Attacks Could Not Be Excluded.
Wickremesinghe Said The Government, Which Has Made Great Progress In Conquering The Plotters Of The April 21 Bombings, Killing More Than 250 People, Including 42 Foreigners, Intends To Introduce A New Anti-terrorism Law.
We Have Taken Measures To Normalize The Situation, He Told Parliament. But We Must Keep In Mind That The Threat Is Not Fully Neutralized Because It Is A Matter Of Global Terrorism . "
Investigators Are Still Tracing Another 10 Important Players Involved In The Deployment Of The Bombings, A Military Source Told Reuters Tuesday.
The Survey Shows That There Were Once 8 To 10 People Attending Meetings With The Other Plotters, The Source Said.
The Police Say That Assets Worth About $ 40 Million Belonging To The Bombers And Plotters Linked To The April 21 Attacks Have Been Frozen.
Nearly All Suspects And Plotters Involved In The Assaults Were Either Arrested Or Were Dead, Acting Police Chief Chandana Wickramaratne Said In An Audio Statement From The Ministry Of Defense On Monday.
There Were Also Two People Among That Group Of Plotters Who Are Bomb Experts And Those Two Are Dead Now, Wickramaratne Added. They Had Stored Part Of The Explosives For Future Attacks And We Have Confiscated All Of This. "
Sri Lanka Authorities Said The Bombings Were Believed To Have Been Carried Out By Two Little-known Domestic Islamist Groups, The National Tawheed Jamaath (NTJ) And Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim (JMI). Islamic State Has Claimed Responsibility.
Investigators From Eight Countries, Including The U.S. Federal Bureau Of Investigation And Interpol, Are Helping Sri Lanka With The Investigation.
The Emphasis Is On Whether The Plotters Had Foreign Aid, The Sources Of Funding And Whether The Bombers Had A Credible Link With The Islamic State.
All Indications Point To Involvement Of The Islamic State, President Reuters Told The Weekend.
Tight Security Across Sri Lanka Has Seen The Military Presence Stepped Up Around Government Establishments, Major Hotels, Schools And Religious Sites.
Attendance At Public Schools, Reopened Monday, Spread Low, And Hotels Were Wounded By Major Cancellations.
Official Data Showed Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Tumbled 7.5 Percent In April From A Year Ago, As Travelers Stayed Away After The Bombings.