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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