Sri Lanka assaults: Public urged to give up swords and knives

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A whole bunch of weapons have been seized in searches for the reason that 21 April assaults

Sri Lankan authorities have referred to as on the general public to give up swords and huge knives amid heightened safety considerations following the lethal Easter Sunday assaults.

Police stated knives used for authorized on a regular basis actions shouldn’t be included within the handover this weekend.

A whole bunch of weapons have been seized in searches for the reason that 21 April assaults.

Greater than 250 folks had been killed within the coordinated suicide bombings, which focused church buildings and luxurious resorts.

Along with weapons, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara referred to as on folks in possession of “police or camouflaged army uniforms” handy them in to their nearest police station on Saturday or Sunday.

He didn’t affirm whether or not police would give an amnesty to those that surrendered weapons in the course of the two-day handover interval.

The decision got here as investigations into the lethal bombings proceed.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena instructed Reuters on Saturday that some 25 to 30 folks linked to the bombings had been nonetheless at massive.

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The nation has tightened safety for the reason that assaults final month

“We’ve already recognized all energetic members of the group and it is a case of now arresting them,” he stated.

The president added that there was “no info but to say these suspects are suicide bombers.”

Mr Sirisena instructed the information company that he believed the Islamic State group after they stated they had been behind the assaults.

“It is crystal clear as a result of after the assaults the IS organisation made an announcement claiming accountability for the bombings,” he stated.

Authorities in Sri Lanka have blamed the blasts on two beforehand little-known native Islamist teams – Nationwide Thowheed Jamath and Jamathei Millathu Ibraheem – whom they believe had worldwide hyperlinks.

Mr Sirisena stated intelligence companies from eight international locations had been serving to Sri Lanka with its investigations.

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Candlelight vigils have been held in tribute to the victims of the bombings

Mr Sirisena additionally added that he believed the nation’s safety forces would “eradicate terrorism” and restore stability earlier than presidential elections, that are because of happen by the top of the yr.

“Elections can’t be postponed, subsequently earlier than the elections I’ll result in stability and I’ll eradicate terrorism,” he stated.

Scores of suspects have been arrested for the reason that Easter Sunday assaults. The bombings shattered the relative peace that has existed within the nation for the reason that civil conflict ended a decade in the past.

The vast majority of folks killed within the assaults had been Sri Lankans, however dozens of international nations, together with British and Indian residents, had been additionally among the many victims.

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