Day: May 7, 2019

President says Sri Lanka now safe for tourists

Sri Lanka’s president says “99%” of the remaining suspects in the Easter attacks on churches and hotels have been arrested and their explosive materials seized, and it is safe for tourists to return to the Indian Ocean island nation.

Sri Lanka warns further Islamist militant attacks cannot be ruled out

Investigators have dismantled a major part of the network linked to Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Tuesday, but warned the chance of further Islamist militant attacks could not be ruled out.

Army Commander requests people to go back to normal life

Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake has requested the general public to go back to their normal life and that the tri-forces and the police were dedicated to their safety throughout day and night.

Gotabaya’s overseas ban temporarily lifted

The overseas travel ban imposed on former Secretary of Defence Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been temporarily lifted.

Saudi Arabia rejects allegations that it knew Eaters Sunday attack beforehand

The Saudi Embassy in Colombo says that it categorically rejects a media report by a newspaper in Lebanon that Saudi Arabia knew the Easter Sunday terror attacks beforehand.

Avoid mega celebrations this Vesak

The Mahanayake Theras of four chapters said in a joint statement today that people should refrain from conducting mega Vesak celebrations that involved large public gatherings owing to the security situation prevalent in the country.

Saudi Arabia, Qatar should stop financing Muslim extremists in Sri Lanka: Dayasiri

General Secretary of the SLFP, former Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara made an appeal to Saudi Arabia and Qatar yesterday not to let extremist groups in those countries to finance Muslim fundamentalists in Sri Lanka like National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) that carried out the Easter Sunday carnage.

President orders search operations without media glare

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed security forces not to tag along journalists or any other external parties while conducting search operations.

All suspects in Sri Lanka bombings arrested or dead: acting police chief

All suspected plotters and those directly linked to Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday bombings have either been arrested or are dead, the country’s acting police chief said on Monday.