Bombers visited Kashmir, Kerala before attacks: Lanka Army Chief

Bombers visited Kashmir, Kerala before attacks: Lanka Army Chief


In a shocking revelation, Sri Lankan Army Chief has said that some of the suicide bombers who carried out serial blasts on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka visited Kashmir and Kerala just before the attack.

The reason behind these visits are doubted as for "some sort of training" or to "make some more links" with other foreign outfits. Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army, divulged some details on the movements of the suspects during an interview to the BBC.

"They (the suspects) have gone to India, they've gone to Kashmir, Bangalore, they've travelled to Kerala state. Those are the information available with us," he said.

Asked what activities they were doing in Kashmir and Kerala, the army chief said: "Not exactly, but definitely in some sorts of training or to make some more links towards the other organisations outside the country".

Terror group ISIS claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ). Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, killing 253 people and injuring over 500 others.

Asked why the threats were not taken more seriously after receiving information from India, Lt General Senanayake said: "We had some information and intelligence-sharing, situations and military intelligence on a different direction and the others were different and there was a gap that everybody could see today".

Sri Lanka banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the blasts.About the possibility of an involvement of a foreign group, the Commander said that by looking at the pattern of operation and the places that the suspects travelled, there has to be some outside involvement of some leadership or instructions.