According to media reports, Sri Lanka’s Intelligence agency has received inputs of possible attacks on Buddhist temples by female bombers of the banned local terror outfit National Thawheeth Jamath (NTJ) posing as devotees.
Such shocking revelations came in the forefront after police found white pairs of skirts and blouses from the house which was raided after the explosion in Sainthamuruthu area in the Eastern province, raising doubts that the attackers might pose as Buddhist devotees.
According to reports, the Muslim women had on April 29th, spent 29,000 Sri Lankan Rupees which is approximately Rs 11496 in Indian currency, to purchase nine sets of such dresses from a textile shop in Giriulla. The CCTV camera in the shop captured visuals of these women who purchased clothes from the shop.
Five sets of such clothes have been recovered from the house raided so far. The intelligence agencies are trying to find the remaining sets of clothes.
As a security measure in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings that rocked the island country, the Sri Lankan government has introduced a ban on all types of face coverings including Burqas.
As per reports, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had used his emergency powers and approved the ban and issued a presidential decree stating that all forms of face covering, including the Burqa, will be completely prohibited from April 29th.
Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency after the deadly attacks on Easter Sunday by an ISIS supported organisation. Wide-scale crackdown on radical groups is going on in the country. It was reported that the local terrorist group National Thowheed Jama’ath had carried out the attacks that primarily targeted Churches and hotels. Later, ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Previously, a prominent Muslim organisation All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama had issued a directive to all Muslims, especially women to stop covering their faces so the security forces are not hindered “in their efforts to maintain national security”.
The Sri Lankan government had admitted that there was major security failure on the part of the government and they had received prior warnings from foreign intelligence agencies that such attacked would take place. Reports have stated that the Indian agencies had warned of possible terrorist attacks to the Sri Lankan government.
A total of 106 suspects, including a Tamil medium teacher and a school principal, have been arrested in connection with the Easter Sunday blasts.