Sri Lankan police falsely identify American student as bombing suspect

Sri Lankan police were forced into making a retraction earlier today, after it emerged they had falsely identified an American university student as a suspect wanted in the Easter Sunday bombing attacks. Earlier the Sri Lankan police released images of purported suspects, including a photograph of a woman they claimed was “Abdul Cater Fathima Khadhiya”. It quickly emerged that the woman in question was Amara Majeed, a Baltimore local who is a student at Brown University.

Ranil admits 'failure' of government to ensure security

Sri Lanka's prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today admitted the government's "failure" to ensure security which could have prevented the Easter Sunday bombings which killed over 250 people across the island.

Police in North-East registering Muslim resident details

Sri Lankan police, including Special Task Force (STF) personnel are registering details about Muslims living and working in areas of the North-East according to local reports. STF personnel were gathering information about Muslims in Point Pedro from the divisional secretariat as well as the local mosque. Police were also visiting mosques in Jaffna town, as well as in and around Mullaitivu town, and asking for details on worshippers, mosque administrators said. Meanwhile a roundup in Kathankudy, Batticaloa and search operations in Akkaraipatru and Ninthavur in Amparai, Kilinochchi and Jaffna...

Religious leaders come together in Mannar memorial

Religious leaders and civil society representatives came together for a memorial event in Mannar to pay tribute to the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks. The memorial was attended by Muslim, Christian and Hindu leaders as well as civil society and local government politicians. Attendees wore black ribbons in mourning of the victims killed in the Easter Sunday bomb blasts. Amidst reports of reprisal attacks against Muslims and Muslim families fleeing their homes in their hundreds, religious leaders held meetings in districts in the North-East to discuss community cohesion in the wake of the...

Heavy military presence in Batticaloa as checkpoints established

Sri Lankan security forces were deployed across Batticaloa in increased numbers following the Easter Sunday bombings.

Terrorist groups continue to plot attacks in Sri Lanka warns US

The United States warned today that terrorist groups continue to plan possible attacks in Sri Lanka and may strike with little or no warning. "Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets, shopping malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, major sporting and cultural events, educational institutions, airports, hospitals and other public areas," a security alert from the US embassy in Colombo noted. Read also: UK warns against...

Candlelight Vigil Held in NYC for Victims of Easter Attacks

A candlelight vigil was held in New York City’s Union Square on Tuesday for the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks. One vigil attendee shared that “a collective space for our grief and anxiety was a comfort.” The vigil contained messages of honoring and lifting up the lives lost, sending love, healing and solidarity for those harmed, grieving the loss of loved ones, and mourning the desecration of sacred sites. Calls were also made for the prevention of profiling and extremist and/or nationalist backlashes, and for intercommunity solidarity and pluralism. The organisers emphasized uniting together against fueling existing tensions between communities, and specifically uniting against Islamophobic rhetoric, policies and narratives as a whole.

Sri Lanka's defence secretary resigns over Easter Sunday suicide attacks

Sri Lanka’s defence secretary has resigned over the Easter Sunday bombings, earlier today. Speaking to Reuters Hemasiri Fernando said, while there had been no failure on his own part, he was taking responsibility for the failures of some institutions he headed as the secretary of defence. Sri Lanka’s president had earlier asked the police chief and defence secretary to resign following the deadly suicide bombings.

Sri Lanka reduces Easter Sunday attacks death toll from 359 to 253 citing calculation error

Sri Lanka's Health Ministry issued a statement minutes ago, reducing the death toll of Easter Sunday's devastating attacks from 359 to 253. Citing a calculation error, the Director General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said the death toll had been reduced to 253, according to reports from CNN and BBC news journalist Azzam Ameen.

UK warns against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka

The UK has warned against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, in a Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) update released today. Eight Britons are known to be among those killed during the the bomb blasts targetting churches and hotels on Easter Sunday. “Terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in Sri Lanka. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. On 21 April 2019, bombs were used to attack 3 churches and 3 hotels in Sri Lanka: in central Colombo, in the northern suburb of Colombo Kochchikade, and in Negombo roughly twenty miles north of...