Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism team in Sri Lanka

By Sujeeva Nivunhella in London British Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said that the Metropolitan Police counter-terrorism command has sent a team of specialists to Sri Lanka, including family liaison officers, to support the families of British victims and assist with the repatriation of British nationals killed in the bomb attacks in Colombo. A recent program run by Interpol involved the training of 30 Sri Lankan forensic specialists and police officers by UK experts in disaster victim identification, he told British Parliament. “We hope this will be of additional support”, he…

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Gun battle in Kalmunai: 15 including suicide bomber killed

At least 15 persons including suicide bomber were killed following the explosion that took place in a house in Kalmunai where a gun battle also occurred last night. http://www.dailymirror.lk/top_story/Gun-battle-in-Kalmunai:-15-including-suicide-bomber-killed/155-166016 Among the bodies recovered inside the house, there were three men, three women and six children. Three more bodies of men suspected to be suicide bombers were also found outside the house. Police said there were no casualties of armed forces personnel. The Police suspect a suicide bomber had triggered the explosion. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Police and…

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49 knives recovered in a mosque at Maskeliya

49 knives have been recovered in Maskeliya Anafi Jumma Mosque and taken into police custody today (27). The storekeeper of the mosque has been arrested.  A search party by the Maskeliya Police was able to recover these weapons, along with three axes in the storeroom of the above mosque.  Negombo Dep. Mayor arrested; sword found! Deputy Mayor of Negombo, Sri Lanka Freedom Party Urban Council Member Mohammed Ansar has been arrested by the local Police.  A sword, a manna knife and 38 mobile phone batteries have been recovered from his…

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After Prolonged Shoot -out Between Two Gunmen and Security Forces

Fifteen Bodies Comprising Six Men, Three Women and Six Children Recovered From House in Saainthamarudhu After Prolonged Shoot -out Between Two Gunmen and Security Forces The bodies of 15 people, including six children, were discovered from the site of a severe overnight gun battle on the east coast of Sri Lanka on Saturday, the military said, six days after suicide bombers killed 253 people and injured over 500. The gun battle between troops and terrorists suspected to be affiliated to a Islamic terrorist organization broke out on Friday evening when…

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Easter Sunday Attacks: A personal reflection

After three successive days of numbness, fear, anxiety, trauma, devastating sadness and anger I pen these thoughts. I do not have any ‘rational’ explanation for the horror that we are experiencing. I do however feel compelled to explain how I feel. In that effort, I hope I can contribute to the several conversations that are unfolding in response to the so called ‘Easter Sunday attacks’ in Sri Lanka. As I moved from denial to acceptance of the carnage that took place, I began to sense that we were all caught…

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The Bombs on Easter Sunday Five Ways to Pray for Sri Lanka

The Bombs on Easter Sunday Five Ways to Pray for Sri Lanka Article by  Ajith Fernando – Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka While most Christians in Sri Lanka were in church yesterday morning, celebrating the risen Christ on Easter Sunday, bombs went off in four of our cities (Kochchikade, Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo), targeting churches and hotels. The latest figures seem to leave us with at least 290 dead and 500 injured from the eight bombings. Some arrests have been made. There are hints emerging as to who is responsible for the…

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40 foreign nationals killed in blasts identified

UPDATE ON FOREIGN NATIONAL CASUALTIES AT EXPLOSIONS IN SRI LANKA – 25 APRIL 2019 Media Releases | Thu, 25 Apr 2019 As at Thursday, 25 April 2019 1800 hours, the number of foreign nationals who have been identified as killed is 40. The fatalities were: one (01) from Bangladesh, two (02) from China, eleven (11) from India, three (03) from Denmark, one (01) from Japan, one (01) from the Netherlands, one (01) from Portugal, two (02) from Saudi Arabia, two (02) from Spain, one (01) from Switzerland, two (02) from Turkey,…

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Vital info on terror attacks revealed by arrested suspects

Security authorities have extracted vital information from the terrorist suspects arrested in connection with the series bombings on Easter Sunday. A person arrested in Dambulla has been identified as the second-in-command of the terror network operated by Thowheed Jama’at. Investigations have also revealed that military training for the assailants was provided by a person called Army Mohideen while weapons training was conducted overseas and at some local locations in the Eastern Province, Nuwara Eliya and Wanathawilluwa. The assailants had been provided with physical training at a gymnasium and by indulging…

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Sri Lanka bomber’s UK university chief raised terror fears about student

Sri Lanka bomber Jameel Mohamed ‘under police surveillance’ while … https://www.telegraph.co.uk › News 10 hours ago – The Easter Sunday suicide bomber who lived and studied in the UK had … Sri Lanka bomber Jameel Mohamed ‘under police surveillance’ while he plotted attack … in Tooting in south London before flying home at the end of September 2007. ….. Jill Dando: 20 Year Mystery, review: this film revived hope of finding her killer. Sri Lanka bombing – Brit-educated suicide bomber pictured as a … https://www.thesun.co.uk/…/sri-lanka-bombing-brit-educated-suicide-bomber-pictured-a… 22 hours ago – Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed – who spent a year studying at London’s … A…

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MADE IN BRITAIN? Sri Lanka bombing –ISIS suicide terrorist studied at UK uni

Did you know Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed? If so, please email mark.hodge@the-sun.co.uk or call call +44 (0) 207 782 4398. We pay for your stories MADE IN BRITAIN?  Sri Lanka bombing –ISIS suicide terrorist studied at UK uni branded hotbed of extremism by David Cameron UK cops are probing whether Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed was radicalised while studying at Kingston University By Mark Hodge ONE of the warped Sri Lankan suicide bombers studied at a UK university sensationally branded a hotbed of extremism by David Cameron. Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed…

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Sri Lanka shakes up top security posts after deadly bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president shook up the country’s top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, his office said Wednesday. The capital of Colombo, meanwhile, remained rattled by reports that police were continuing to conduct controlled detonations of suspicious items three days after the attacks on churches and luxury hotels, and the U.S. ambassador said that Washington believes “the terrorist plotting is ongoing.” During a televised speech to the nation Tuesday…

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Sri Lanka shakes up top security posts after deadly bombings

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s president shook up the country’s top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people, his office said Wednesday. The capital of Colombo, meanwhile, remained rattled by reports that police were continuing to conduct controlled detonations of suspicious items three days after the attacks on churches and luxury hotels, and the U.S. ambassador said that Washington believes “the terrorist plotting is ongoing.” During a televised speech to the nation…

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Sri Lanka footage appeal from Metropolitan Police

Police are today appealing for people who have returned to the UK from Sri Lanka to share with them any footage or images they have captured of the terrorist attacks on 21 April in Sri Lanka. Footage and pictures can be uploaded at the secure website http://www.ukpoliceimageappeal.co.uk. Acting Commander Alexis Boon, of the Met Police Counter Terrorism Command, said: “We are specifically looking for images and footage taken at the scenes of the incidents in Sri Lanka, immediately prior to, during, or after the attacks on 21 April. “The material will be looked…

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Two of the suicide bombers had political connections.

Sri Lanka Easter Day bombers were educated, well-off ECONOMYNEXT – Islamist suicide bombers who killed more than 300 people in co-ordinated attacks on churches and hotels were well-educated and well-off, State Minister for Defence Ruwan Wijewardene said. Authorities said there were nine bombers and eight of them had been identified. All were Sri Lankan. “These people were financially well-off, well-educated people,” Minister Wijewardene said. “They have LLM etc.” Two of the suicide bombers were sons of a well-known businessman who had political connections. One of the bombers had a degree…

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Easter Explosions Death Toll Rises to 321: Of More Than 500 Injured 211 Are Yet Hospitalised With 37 Getting ICU Treatment; 22 Foreigners Injured and 45 Dead But only 31 Identified: Bodies of 35 Locals and 14 Foreigners Still Unidentified.

Foreign Intelligence Service Informed Colombo that National Thawheed Jamath (NTJ) Leader Mohamed Cassim Mohamed Zahran alias Zahran and his Followers Were Planning Suicide Attacks in Sri Lanka By Ranga Jayasuriya On December 26 last year, scores of Buddhist statues in Mawanella were vandalized. A Criminal Investigation Department (CID)investigation led to the arrest of seven suspects, including one who was caught by the locals, allegedly while undertaking the act of vandalism. Suspects were accused of being members of a radical Islamic group. They were charged under the International Covenant on Civil and…

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By Unlawfully Holding on to the Law and Order Portfolio the President has now Become the First Person who Should take Responsibility for these Attacks that Could have been Prevented – MA Sumanthiran MP in Parliament

By Unlawfully Holding on to the Law and Order Portfolio the President has now Become the First Person who Should take Responsibility for these Attacks that Could have been Prevented – MA Sumanthiran MP in Parliament (Text of Speech Made in Parliament by Jaffna District Tamil National Alliance Parliamentarian MA Sumanthiran MP on April 24th 2019) Hon Presiding Member, I rise with a heavy heart to say a few words at this time. Firstly, I wish to convey our deepest condolences to all the relatives and friends of those who…

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Special prayers were held at the Ealing Amman Temple on the 23rd Tuesday afternoon.

Special Prayers for Easter Sunday Victims Special prayers were held at the Ealing Amman Temple on the 23rd Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of Hindu devotees attended the special services. MP for Southall and Ealing Mr Virendra Sharma and Local Councillors Mr Munir Ahamed, Mr Tariq Mahmood and former Mayor of Harrow council Mr Nisam Ismail attended the services and spoke to the devotees. Mr Virendra Sharma M P for Ealing and Southall said “We are here to show our solidarity to stand by the people who have suffered by the act…

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Neither I nor Ministers Were Kept Informed Says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Prior Information on Possible Attacks Was Available With Authorities But “Neither I nor Ministers Were Kept Informed” Says Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Statement Deflecting Blame Deftly on President Sirisena. By Meera Srinivasan The government ordered an immediate nationwide curfew “until further notice”, and a “temporary” social media ban. Prior information on possible attacks was available with Sri Lankan authorities ahead of blasts, but “neither I nor the Ministers were kept informed,” Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday. While it was important to probe why adequate precaution had not been…

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Gotabaya Rajapaksa confesses of a bribe

Recently, a confession has been made by former Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa that a bribe was obtained, in an interview with ‘Ravaya’ newspaper. According to his view, receiving a fish tank as a gift spending hundred thousands of rupees by a businessman named Pathirana is not a wrongdoing.  “The most famous person to have pet fish business is Mr. Pathirana. Not only for me, he delivered these beautiful fish tanks to the Temple Trees, other secretaries, and many other places. He delivered one to my ministry and said that he…

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