A series of eight bombs ripped through the country on April 21, scarring the Easter Sunday for Christians in Sri Lanka forever.
Australia warned Sri Lanka of more terror attacks and cautioned citizens against visiting the island nation. In an advisory sent out by their foreign ministry, Australia said “terrorists are likely to carry out further attacks in Sri Lanka” and that the “attacks could be indiscriminate, including places visited by foreigners”.
Britain, the Netherlands and the US State Department have also issued similar warnings to their netizens.
Sri Lanka’s police chief, Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara, resigned today barely two days after President Maithripala Sirisena asked him to step down following the failure of the country’s security establishment to avert the bombings. “The IGP has resigned. He has sent his resignation to the acting defence secretary. I’ll nominate a new IGP soon,” Sirisena, who is also the country’s defence minister, said.
Yesterday, Lankas defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando tendered his resignation to the President.
Zahran Hashim, the Sri Lankan Islamist extremist who is also the top leader of the local militant group National Tawheed Jamath that’s linked to the Islamic State, died in one of the blasts at Shangri-La, Sirisena said today.
The second bomber, who gave him the company, has been identified as Ilham Ahmed Ibrahim.
As of today, the police have arrested 70 suspects in connection with the case.
The Sri Lankan Police carried out a raid in Modara and seized 21 hand grenades and six swords, besides arresting three more people.
Morocco shared sensitive intel with Sri Lanka that aided Colombo to identify the nine bombers and their handlers in the Islamic State, news agency IANS quoted sources as saying.
The strong counter-terror cooperation between New Delhi and Morocco helped share the critical information with India within 48 hours of the attack.