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60 detained over Sri Lanka Easter Sunday terror attacks

Colombo, Jul 11 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/11/2019 11:34:17 AM IST

More than 60 suspects were detained while 167 others remain in custody over the Easter Sunday terror explosions in Sri Lanka which killed over 250 people and injured over 500 on April 21, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said here on Thursday.Speaking in Parliament, Wickremesinghe said legal action will be taken against all suspects who were connected to the nine suicide attacks which targeted churches and luxury hotels and there was information that those arrested had direct or indirect connections with the bombings, reports Xinhua news agency.Meanwhile, 99 people were also in custody over suspicion for having links with terrorists. Wickremesinghe said security forces were continuing with their search operations and investigations were ongoing.

Colombo 5-star hotel asked to provide guest list: Sri Lanka’s Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) looking into the April 21 Easter Sunday attacks, has asked the Taj Samudra Colombo five-star hotel to provide a guest list of that day, as well as the ones who ate breakfast, the media reported on Thursday. This was announced by Chairman Ananda Kumarasiri during the proceedings of the PSC on Wednesday evening, the Daily Mirror newspaper reported.

Kumarasiri said obtaining this list could help shed some light on why the Taj Samudra was spared by the terrorists who launched these attacks.

The three five-star hotels that were bombed were the Shangri-La, Cinnamon Grand, Kingsbury and Tropical Inn.

Bombings also took place during the Easter Sunday services at churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo along with smaller explosions at a housing complex in Dematagoda and a guest house in Dehiwala.

More than 250 people were killed and some 500 others injured in one of the most brutal attacks in the island nation since the civil war ended in 2009.

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