Easter bombers visited Kashmir for training, establish links: Sri Lanka army chief

Sri Lanka police name all 9 Easter Sunday suicide bombers

Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine at Kochchikade in Colombo where an explosion occurred on Sunday.

Dias, told the investigators that his bag, carrying passport, visa and other documents, had been stolen during the journey.

The training camp was found in a residential area for the poor located on the outskirts of the hometown of Zahran Hashim, who is believed to be one of the main plotters of the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

Senanayake gave an optimistic response when asked whether he could "confidently say to people around the world that Sri Lanka is a safe place for global tourists".

Reacting sharply to Sri Lanka Army chief Mahesh Senanayake's statement that some of the 12 suicide bombers who carried out the Easter Sunday bombings were trained in Kashmir, a top intelligence officer in Srinagar said that there was no input to prove the claim.

At least 257 people, including 42 foreigners, were killed when nine suicide bombers attacked eight locations including five-star hotels and churches all over the country.

Atapattu further said that an investigation was underway into the clashes and the violence between Muslims and Christians since the April 21 attacks targeting three churches and three luxury hotels in the country.




The officer said all will be prosecuted under emergency laws approved after the Easter attacks.

Police have said they are also investigating the possible involvement of two previously little-known groups - National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim.

Authorities had information about a small group of radicals who may be trying to stage more strikes, said health minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne, who added that the crackdown on extremists after the Easter bombings had been largely successful.

That afternoon as police entered the family residence, officials said, his daughter-in-law detonated explosives, killing herself and three officers. "Sri Lanka hasn't shared any such information with us".

Meanwhile, public schools reopened Monday after an extended Easter holiday, with heavily armed police and troops guarding schools and imposing parking restrictions. When asked how were they involved in these two Indian regions, the Commander said "definitely in some sorts of training or to make some more links towards the other organisations outside the country".

Eye witnesses to Sunday's clashes said that they began with a scuffle between Catholic and Muslim three-wheel trishaw drivers in Poharathota, a Muslim settlement. About 50 children were among those killed.

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