Sri Lanka cautions further Islamist militant attacks cannot be ruled out

Last Updated: May 07 2019 19:25
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COLOMBO- Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday said that investigators have dismantled a major part of the network linked to Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday bombings, but cautioned the chance of further Islamist militant attacks could not be ruled out. 

Wickremesinghe said the government, which has made major strides in capturing the plotters linked to the April 21 bombings that killed more than 250 people, including 42 foreigners, plans to introduce a new anti-terrorism law.

"We have taken measures to normalise the situation," he told parliament. "But we should keep in mind that the threat has not been completely neutralised because it is an issue of global terrorism."

Investigators are still tracking down 10 more key players associated with plotting the bombings, a military source told Reuters on Tuesday. 

"The investigations show there were another 8 to 10 people who attended meetings with the other plotters," the source said. 

According to the police, assets worth about $40 million belonging to the bombers and plotters linked to the April 21 attacks have been frozen.

Almost all suspects and plotters involved in the attacks had either been arrested or were dead, acting police chief Chandana Wickramaratne said in an audio statement issued by the defence ministry on Monday. 

"There were also two people among that group of plotters who are experts in bombs and those two are dead now," Wickramaratne added. "They had stored part of the explosives for future attacks and we have confiscated all of this."