No record to suggest Easter Sunday bombers visited Kashmir
May 06 2019
Asked if he was aware of the goal of those visits, the army commander replied: "It would have been for some sort of training or to establish links with other organisations outside the country".
It's been two weeks since Sri Lanka witnessed a bloody Easter Sunday on April 21 that killed almost 263 people- that Catholics of the island nation again observed Mass on Sunday from confines of their homes.
The Middle East-based global terror outfit Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the recent Sri Lankan terror attacks that killed around 300 people in churches and hotels in Colombo and elsewhere. Even though he claims to have flown in from Colombo, despite our best efforts, we have not been able to get any information from him.
Mahesh Senanayake also admitted receiving warnings from Indian intelligence agencies. "We are taking all necessary steps to verify the information and track if any of the attackers in Sri Lanka had India connection", said an NIA source. We have asked the Sri Lankan authorities to provide us more details. He also said there was an intelligence sharing failure that he blames on "everyone who was responsible for intelligence gathering and preparation of these plans, who are responsible for national security...including the political hierarchies".
Tourism took off in Sri Lanka, which boasts of a 1,600-kilometres (1,000-mile) long coastline, following the end of the decades-long civil war with Tamil separatist militants in 2009.
"We are deployed on the ground to give confidence to the public and ensure there is no violence or escalation of communal riots in this country".
A Union home ministry official did not comment on the Sri Lanka Army chief's comment. Officials say at least two bombers had travelled to India in 2017, but so far, no link has been found between them and Kashmir, though leads are being probed.
Cardinal Ranjith has called the Islamist bombings "an insult to humanity", while also criticizing the Sri Lankan government for failing to act on intelligence that the attacks were probable. Reports inform that nine suicide bombers carried out the series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels, killing 253 people and injuring 500 others.