Day 4: Sri Lanka arrests 40 suspects after bombings, toll up to 310
[DAWN] As a state of emergency took effect on Tuesday giving the Sri Lankan military war-time powers, police tossed in the calaboose
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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gave the military a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects powers that were used during the 26-year civil war but withdrawn when it ended in 2009.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 2019-04-24