Sri Lankan security authorities have either killed or arrested all the militants responsible for the Easter suicide bombings that left 257 people dead, police chief Chandana Wickramaratne said Tuesday (May 7). Police have accounted for every individual involved in the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, Wickramaratne said in an audio statement.
“All those who organised and carried out the suicide bomb attack have died or is in our custody,” he said. “The two bomb experts of the group have been killed. We have seized the explosives they had stored for future attacks.”
Wickramaratne, who was named acting police chief last week after President Maithripala Sirisena suspended his predecessor over his failure to act on warnings about the attacks, said public life was slowly returning to normal with the lifting of curfews imposed after the bombs.
More than 250 people were killed in multiple bomb blasts targeting hotels and churches in Sri Lanka on April 21. The additional deaths were the result of the wounded dying of their injuries.
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