The people who carried out the April 21 serial bombings in Sri Lanka had traveled to regions such as Kashmir and Kerala in India to be part of terrorism training activities, says Sri Lanka’s army chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayke. This is the major link that Indian security agencies have been trying to follow since the Easter Sunday attacks.
The Sri Lankan army chief said as per the information they had at hand, the bombers had traveled to Bangalore, Kashmir and Kerala. “It would have been for some sort of training or to establish links with other organizations outside the country.” However, India’s Union Home Ministry senior official said Sri Lanka hasn’t shared any such information. He said the Sri Lankan security agencies have themselves ruled this out after investigations. Moreover, Indian investigators have not established a Kashmir link to the bombers. The leader of Sri Lanka National Towheed Jamaat (NTJ) and the ringleader of the Easter Sunday attackers, Maulvi Zahran Bin Hashim is believed to have visited India.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, who is also an outspoken critic of the Sri Lankan government said the government had failed to act on Indian intelligence ahead of the Easter attacks. As the blame game continues, Sri Lankan security officials are taking precautions and warned of more imminent attacks. “There could be another wave of attacks,” the head of ministerial security division, a unit of the police said in a letter to the lawmakers. “The relevant information further notes that persons dressed in military uniforms and using a van could be involved in the attacks.” The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena appointed Chandana Wickramaratne, as acting police chief. This is the latest personnel change after the Easter suicide bombings. Face covering has also been banned in public for national security.