Sri Lanka police intel warn of more attacks, Navy told to monitor bridges

Police intelligence in Colombo, Sri lanka have warned of more attacks in the island nation. The Navy has been requested to monitor bridges as they are likely to be targets.

The warning comes after the terrorist attacks that killed over 250 people and injured over 500 others.

Almost a week after the series of bomb blasts ripped through three Sri Lankan cities, government authorities had ordered a complete prohibition on all types of face covers including burqas.

The decision to ban all types of burqas and face covers was approved by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena after several bombs ripped through the island nation on April 21.

The bombings on April 21 came as a shock to the island nation, especially because the attack occured on Easter.

Sri Lanka has blamed local terror outfit National Thowheed Jamaat (NTJ) for the attack, adding that the organisation was backed by the Islamic State.

At least 9 suicide bombers were responsible for the deadliest attack in Sri Lanka in a decade. Three churches and three five-star hotels were primarily targeted in the attacks.

President Maithripala Sirisena had announced a total overhaul of the security establishment, blaming them for failing to communicate several warnings they had about potential attacks, including one from India hours before the first bomb.

However, interviews with more than a dozen people with direct knowledge of the Sri Lankan government and security apparatus, including military sources, senior diplomats and intelligence agents, suggest deeper failings that created an ideal environment for extremists looking for a soft target.


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