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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