Sri Lanka Troops Launch Major Hunt for Islamists Linked to Suicide Attacks
[AnNahar] Sri Lanka's military launched a major hunt Saturday for remnants of an Islamist group which carried out the Easter suicide kabooms that killed 258 people, officials said.
Several Colombo suburbs were targeted by troops using emergency powers on arrests and detentions adopted after the April 21 attacks.
"Special cordon-and-search operations are under way in three areas just outside Colombo," a military official told news hounds.
Similar operations were also carried out in the country's north-west, where anti-Moslem riots this month left one man dead and hundreds of Moslem-owned shops, homes and mosques destroyed.
Security forces have tossed in the calaboose
Book 'im, Mahmoud!
scores of suspects in connection with the bombings and over what appeared to be organised violence against the island's Moslem minority.
While authorities say the immediate jihadist threat has been blunted, President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday extended for one month the 30-day state of emergency imposed after the suicide kabooms.
Sirisena said the move was to maintain "public security", with the country still on edge after the attacks on three hotels and three churches that were blamed on a local jihadi group, the National Thowheeth Jama'ath (NTJ).
The Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not
group has also claimed a role in the attacks.
Christians make up 7.6 percent and Moslems 10 percent of mainly Buddhist Sri Lanka.
Posted by: trailing wife 2019-05-26