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Sri Lanka
Day 4: Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings, toll up to 310
2019-04-24
Day 3 posts can be seen here and here.
[DAWN] As a state of emergency took effect on Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police tossed in the calaboose
Drop the rod and step away witcher hands up!
40 suspects, including the driver of a van allegedly used by jacket wallahs involved in deadly Easter bombings and the owner of a house where some of them lived, officials said.

Sri Lanka's president gave the military a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects powers that were used during the 26-year civil war but withdrawn when it ended in 2009.

The corpse count from Sunday's attacks rose to 310, police front man Ruwan Gunasekara said.

On Tuesday, which President Maithripala Sirisena declared a day of mourning, Sri Lankan authorities planned to brief foreign diplomats and receive assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other foreign intelligence-gathering agencies after officials disclosed Monday that warnings had been received weeks ago of the possibility of an attack by the radical group blamed for the bloodshed.

The six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels and three related blasts later on Sunday were the South Asian island nation's deadliest violence in a decade.

The government blocked most social media to curtail false information. Even after an overnight, nationwide curfew was lifted, the streets of central Colombo remained mostly deserted and shops closed as armed soldiers stood guard.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he feared the massacre could unleash instability and he vowed to "vest all necessary powers with the defense forces" to act against those responsible.

In an indication of the tensions, three kabooms caused panic but apparently no injuries on Monday as police were defusing bombs inside a van parked near one of the stricken churches. Dozens of detonators were discovered near Colombo's main bus depot, but officials declined to say whether they were linked to the attacks.
Posted by:Fred

#6  given the number of people involved and the time and the logistics required to put this atrocity together, it is astounding that the SL police were caught off guard

and even more interesting, once the military were deployed to investigate, dozens of people were arrested, hundreds of weapons and explosive components were impounded fairly quickly
Posted by: lord garth   2019-04-24 13:11  

#5  more from twitter:

After SL immigration allegedly knew that some of the suspects went to Syria and later when you add the discovery of 187 detonators and 220lbs of explosives since January, youre looking at a MAMMOTH operation, which must've taken MONTHS of planning and internal support

AND

All suicide bombers involved in #SriLanka on Sunday were Sri Lankan nationals, well-educated, from upper middle class families, two of them were millionaires. One of them had an undergraduate degree from the UK, and a PG degree from Australia. Typical IS recruits!
Posted by: 3dc   2019-04-24 12:15  

#4   Twitter Link
Indian intelligence carried out major anti-IS arrests and raids in Tamil Nadu last year, which gave NIA intelligence on a plan about Sri Lanka attacks.

Arrests took place in September 2018.

More raids in December 2018.
Posted by: 3dc   2019-04-24 06:35  

#3  Sri Lanka President sacks Defense Secretary and top police official.
Posted by: 3dc   2019-04-24 06:23  

#2  From Asia Times:
TATP, chemically known as triacetonetriperoxide, was used in SL bombings. TATP is an explosive made from commonly available household ingredients.
Posted by: 3dc   2019-04-24 06:22  

#1   Twitter link:
It’s not only ignoring the Intel report BUT a *Sri Lankan State Minister* got released one of the suicide bombers a little while ago before the attacks.
Background link
Posted by: 3dc   2019-04-24 06:18  

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