Despite arrests, terror threat persists in Sri Lanka, says PM


Asked why Sri Lanka was targeted, Lt. Gen. Senanayake said: "Too much of freedom, too much of peace for the last 10 years".

"It's crystal clear because after the attacks the IS organisation made an announcement claiming responsibility for the bombings", he said.

Sri Lanka's St. Anthony's Church partially opened for worship Tuesday even as security forces were rebuilding a shrine inside following the Easter suicide bombing.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said on Monday that Negombo was calm and curfew had ended at 7 am.

In Sri Lanka, the temporary ban on several social media platforms has been lifted.

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Gunasekara also said that investigators have found $800,000 in cash and bank accounts and another $40 million in other assets such as land, houses, jewelry and vehicles belonging to the extremist group blamed for the attack.

The Sri Lankan authorities suspect that the blasts were carried by a splinter group of the local islamist group National Thowheed Jama'ath.

Ranjith, who is also archbishop of Colombo, said Thursday that a "reliable foreign source" had alerted him to possible attacks this weekend, leading him to cancel Sunday services for the second week.

"We had some information and intelligence sharing situations and military intelligence went on a different direction and the others were different and there was a gap that everybody could see today", he said.

As part of the clampdown after the attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, the government announced a crackdown on foreign Islamic clerics operating in the majority Buddhist country.

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government will compensate those who lost property in the night-time clashes.

A soldier stands guard in Colombo as the search continues for those linked to the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people.

"With the many lovely people we have around us, close friends, talented colleagues and our loving family we will come together through it". "We will ensure that Daesh terrorism will be eradicated from our land".

Government primary schools up to grade 5 are scheduled to open next week. Of these, at least 40 are foreigners and 50 are children.

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