106 suspects arrested in connection with Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks

Sri Lanka Police and security forces have so far arrested 106 suspects in connection with the deadly Easter Sunday suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels in the country that killed 290 people.

The police say that the Criminal Investigations Department has questioned a number of the suspects.

The Police Media Spokesman’s Office said 20 suspects were arrested during the past 24 hours.

Kattankudy police during a raid arrested seven suspects including the driver of Zhahran Hashim, the leader of the April 21 suicide bomb attackers.

In a joint operation conducted by the Kalpitiya Police and the Navy, a suspect, who was in the possession of 50 SIM cards and other incriminating items, was arrested. The 40-year-old suspect is a Tamil medium teacher at a school in Horana area.

Police also seized a laptop, seven CDs and two smartphones. The special attention of the police is focused on why the suspect was in the possession of 50 SIM cards.

In a special joint operation conducted by the Army and police in Vavuniya town, 10 suspects have been arrested. On information received, main roads were blocked and search operations were carried out for nearly three hours. Security has already been confirmed in the area.

Meanwhile two suspects have been arrested in Damgedara area in Galle during a search conducted on information received of a school managed by the National Thowheeth Jama’ath. One of the suspects is the principal of the school; and the other is a doctor who has served as an instructor. The Galle police are conducting further investigations.

The Police have requested the public to immediately inform the security personnel if there is any information regarding terrorist activities or suspicious persons and vehicles.

The Army Headquarters has introduced several telephone numbers and the public can provide information to 0112-434251, 0114-055105, 0114-055106, 0112-433335 and 0766911604.

Courtesy: Colombo Page

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