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More attacks feared, say Sri Lanka officials

Sri Lanka bolstered security on Friday with fears of attacks against bridges in the capital as the Prime Minister vowed to hunt down any remaining Islamic State (IS) extremists behind the deadly Easter bombings.

Sri Lanka’s minority Muslims, meanwhile, held Friday prayers under tight security, condemning the jihadist attacks.

Islamist extremists were believed to be planning further attacks, authorities said, this time against several bridges and flyovers in the city as well as police stations.

 

The warnings came as Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said some of the conspirators in the April 21 bombings of three hotels and three luxury hotels may still be at large.

Police confirmed they had instructed stations around Colombo to deploy additional officers and asked the Navy to deploy more vessels on rivers following the leak of police intelligence warning bridges were at risk of attack.

Authorities had information about a small group of radicals who may be trying to stage more strikes, said Health Minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne.

Source: thehindu.com

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