Published: Sat, May 04, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Based Reuters photojournalist granted bail by Sri Lanka court

Based Reuters photojournalist granted bail by Sri Lanka court

Days after the raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India which exposed links between the conspirators of the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka and a few Indians, the top military officer of the island nation too confirmed the suspects have worldwide links and even visited Kerala, Bangalore and Kashmir in India.

"The current status of the Islamic State can not be gauged without an understanding that it is a global ideological movement, not a single organisational entity", said analyst Scott Stewart in a new report for the USA geopolitical intelligence group Stratfor.

The paper also highlighted that Morocco cooperates closely with India in counterterrorism and that both countries lent a helping hand to Sri Lanka in the wake of the bombings that targeted churches and hotels in different parts of Sri Lanka, killing at least 359 people.

Rev. Edmund Tillakaratne, spokesman for the Colombo diocese said Thursday that Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith had canceled all Sunday services in the diocese based on the latest security reports.

Hashim, who died in an attack on the Shangri-La hotel on April 21, inspired wealthy brothers Ilham Ibrahim and Inshaf Ibrahim to join and bankroll his assault, police and fellow Muslims said. He has also thanked the Minister for sending intelligence experts to assist Sri Lankan intelligent services.

Meanwhile, Catholic services are being canceled for a second weekend in the capital after the government warned of more possible attacks.

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"We are trying to see if there are any more secret IS cells in the country", he said, using an acronym referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

The Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has also stated that in consonance with the eradication of terror the country is pursuing immediate revision of terrorism laws.

The Easter Sunday attacks are confirmed to have killed over 250 people.

Sri Lanka bolstered security Friday with fears of attacks against several bridges and flyovers in Colombo as well as police stations.

Mr Wickremesinghe hoped normality would return by Monday when public schools reopen after an extended Easter vacation. About 50 children were among the dead.

Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist Danish Siddiqui, who works with global news agency Reuters, was arrested by Sri Lankan police on Friday for alleged unauthorised entry into a school in Negombo, a coastal town which witnessed the deadliest attack during the Easter Sunday bombings. The group had pledged an oath of allegiance to the Islamic State group.

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