Security forces arrest Jaffna Uni tea shop owner

The owner of a tea shop at the University of Jaffna was arrested by Sri Lankan security forces, accused of keeping a photograph of the medical student who fasted unto death, Thileepan.

Sri Lanka govt slammed for scapegoating former LTTE cadres over police murders

The families of disappeared co-ordinator in Mullaitivu has slammed the Sri Lankan government for the scapegoating of former LTTE cadres over the murder of two police officers in Batticaloa last year, after recent revelations that the murders may have been linked to Islamist extremists who also carried out terror attacks on Easter Sunday. Co-ordinator Mariasuresh Easwari said the government must be held accountable for the injustice of the two former cadres’ detention which has been ongoing for over five months. The government must also answer for the suffering the families of the detained...

Saudi Arabia warned its Colombo envoy of imminent attacks

According to reports in a Lebanese website, Al Ahed News, Saudia Arabia alerted its envoy in Colombo about the Easter Sunday bombings five days before the attacks.

Sri Lanka denies need for emergency loans, cites tax amnesty plans for tourism

Sri Lanka reiterated that it would not require emergency bail-out funding after the devastating Easter Sunday bombings, outlining tax amnesty plans to support the tourism industry. When asked by Bloomberg if Sri Lanka would need to tap into the emergency funds of the IMF and World Bank due to the terror attacks, Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera swiftly said, “No no no no no. We are basically alright for now. Now we feel we can manage it and hope it doesn’t recur. The Sri Lankan economy is moving slowly and soundly forward. We have a very sound firm economy based on...

Sri Lankan police seek PTA powers for arrested students

Sri Lankan police have made an application to the Ministry of Defence requesting permission to detain and investigate the two students under the Prevention of Terrorism Act, sources at Koppay station told the Tamil Guardian.

'Too much of freedom' led to bombings says army commander

Sri Lanka's army commander, Mahesh Senanayake told the BBC "too much of freedom" had led to the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, which killed over 250 people.

Death toll from Easter Sunday attack rises in Batticaloa 

The Easter Sunday attack at the Zion Church in Batticaloa claimed another victim this week, after 27-year-old Parameswaran Presteen succumbed to his injuries on Thursday evening. The Jaffna University science graduate was critically injured in the attack and was receiving treatment for his injuries at the Batticaloa Hospital, where he passed away. He had been waiting to hear back from a job application, before he was killed last Sunday. His mother, who had accompanied him to the church, was also injured in the blast but managed to survive the attack. Parameswaran’s death brings the total...

Armed Sri Lankan soldiers search Jaffna homes

Homes in Jaffna were searched by armed Sri Lankan soldiers, as security operations across the North-East continue.

Sri Lankan military searches Jaffna Uni, 2 arrested

Sri Lankan military and police carried out a search operation at the University of Jaffna during the early hours of the morning local time, arresting the president and the secretary of the Arts Union.

Gotabaya gave NTJ office in Colombo, claims Sri Lankan MP

A Sri Lankan parliamentarian claimed the former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa gave the National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) land for an office in Colombo, amidst claims the organisation was on the Sri Lankan intelligence payroll. Members of the NTJ are accused of carrying out the Easter Sunday attacks that killed hundreds of people on suicide bomb explosions at churches and hotels across the island. The organisation has since been banned by the Sri Lankan government. Kurunegala District UNP MP Thushara Indunil however claimed that the NTJ received support from Rajapaksa, who announced that...