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Interpol deploys response team to Sri Lanka

INTERPOL has deployed a response team to Sri Lanka to assist with investigations into the Easter Sunday bombings which left nearly 300 dead and 500 injured.

The Incident Response Team (IRT) has been deployed at the request of the Sri Lankan government who will be aided with specialists “in crime scene examination, explosives, counter-terrorism, disaster victim identification and analysis”.

INTERPOL, the International Criminal Police Organisation, further reports that if required “additional expertise in digital forensics, biometrics, as well as photo and video analysis” will be sent to support investigations in Sri Lanka.

Support is also being provided through the Command and Coordination Centre (CCC) at INTERPOL’S General Secretariat headquarters in France, as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina and Singapore.

To identify potential leads checks are being made against the Organization’s Stolen and Lost Travel Documents and nominal databases. They are also working in liaison with the INTERPOL National Central Bureaus of the involved countries to ensure that any information is transferred seamlessly. 

INTERPOL’s Secretary General Jürgen Stock says in their report:

“Information to help identify individuals linked to these attacks could come from anywhere in the world, which is where INTERPOL’s global network and databases can prove vital, especially for officers on the ground”.

INTERPOL’s Chief added:

“The families and friends of the victims of these bombings, as with every terrorist attack, require and deserve the full support of the global law enforcement community".

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