Sri Lankan police arrest seven terror suspects after ‘being warned of Easter attack by Muslim extremists TEN DAYS before suicide bombers killed 207 people’

Sunday, April 21, 2019
By Paul Martin

Eight explosions killed approximately 207 people in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday
Sri Lanka’s police chief issued an intelligence alert 10 days ago, reports indicate
It was said he warned that suicide bombers planned to hit ‘prominent churches’
Seven suspects have been arrested following the blasts in Sri Lanka today

21 April 2019

Sri Lanka’s police chief warned of potential suicide bombing plots on ‘prominent churches’ from Islamic extremists ten days before today’s attacks which killed 207 people, according to reports.

Seven suspects have been arrested so far after the blasts hit high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, injuring as many as 500 people.

The cause was not immediately clear, and there have been no claims of responsibility so far, though the country remains deeply scarred by its 1983-2009 civil war, when Tamil rebels fought to create an independent homeland.

Recently a religious divide has taken hold in the country, which is 70 percent are Buddhist, 13 per cent Hindu, 10 per cent Muslim, and seven per cent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 census.

Documents seen by news agency AFP reveal that Sri Lanka’s police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit ‘prominent churches’.

A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama’ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo,’ the alert said.

The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that was linked last year to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues.

The first blast was reported at St Anthony’s Shrine, a well-known Catholic church in the capital Colombo.

A second deadly explosion was then confirmed at St Sebastian’s, a church in the town of Negombo, north of the capital.

Soon after, police confirmed that a third church in the town of Batticaloa had been hit, along with three high-end hotels in the capital.

Hospital sources said British, Dutch and American citizens were among the dead, with Britons and Japanese among those injured in the attacks.

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