Police register families in Trincomalee

Sri Lankan police have instructed families in Trincomalee to register their details with authorities.

Indian intelligence agency conducts raids in Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Following the Easter Sunday bombing in Sri Lanka, which claimed the lives of over 250 people, the Indian National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has launched sweeping raids in Tamil Nadu and Kerala resulting in two arrests. In Kerala, the NIA arrested Riyas Aboobacker, who was residing in the Palakkad area of Kerala, after gaining confessions that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala. Aboobacker further claimed during the interrogation that he had followed radical Islamic preachers on social media such as Zakir Naik, Abdul Rashid Abdulla and Zahran Hashim, who is alleged to have...

St Anthony statue vandalised in Puttalam

A statue of St Anthony's at the shrine in Pallakandal, Puttalam was vandalised on Tuesday.

NTJ leader Zahran's sister arrested

The sister of Zahran Hashim, Mathaniya Mohammed Hashim, was arrested yesterday by Sri Lankan police. Zahran, the leader of the now banned, National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), was responsible for the Easter Sunday bombing at the luxury hotel, Shangri-La. Police reported that Rs 20 lakhs was found at Mathaniya's house in New Kathankudy. Whilst the NTJ, which was supportive of Islamic State, was banned as a terrorist organisation following the Easter Sunday bombings, several reports have emerged that the group was linked to the former defence secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa and was funded by the...

Sri Lankan police name 9 suicide bombers

St Anthony's church, Colombo after Easter Sunday bombings Sri Lankan police yesterday named the nine men and women responsible for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings which killed over 250 people. Confirming reports over recent days, the police said the sons of the wealthy spice merchant were responsible for the bombing of two luxury hotels. Zahran Hashim, leader of the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ), bombed the Shangri-La hotel, together with one of the brothers, Ilham Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim. Ilham's wife, Fathima Ilham, detonated a suicide bomb vest when police officers surrounded their...

Four Chinese scientists among blast victims

Four Chinese scientists were among those killed by the Easter Sunday bombings, the country's embassy in Colombo said this week.

‘Release my husband’ demands wife of former LTTE cadre

The wife of a former LTTE cadre who has been held for more than five months without charge has demanded his release, at an emotional press conference in Batticaloa yesterday. Kathirgamathamby Rajakumarar, also known as Ajanthan, was arrested by Sri Lankan police over claims he was involved in the murder of two Sri Lankan policemen in Vavunathivu in November last year. However, three men detained following the Easter Sunday attacks have reportedly claimed responsibility for the assassinations.

Australian embassy offers staff flights out of Sri Lanka

The Australian government has offered staff in the country and their families flights out of Sri Lanka, after more warnings that terror attacks may be possible in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings. An Australian Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said "voluntary departures to return to Australia" were being made available to embassy staff and their families, as well as for volunteers in the country working under the Australian Volunteers International (AVI) program. "We continue to encourage all Australians in or travelling to Sri Lanka to consider the travel advice, including...

Hundreds of troops deployed to search South Eastern campus

South Eastern University’s campus in Oluvil, Amparai was subjected to intense military search operations on Monday. Hundreds of Sri Lankan army and navy personnel, in dozens of vehicles including armoured vehicles were deployed to the campus following an anonymous tip-off. Student accommodations were heavily searched, as well as the surrounding area in Oluvil.

Vavuniya families of disappeared pay tribute to blast victims on 800th day of protest

Families of the disappeared marked 800 days of protest in Vavuniya on Monday with prayers at the town’s Church of St Anthony.