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All terrorists involved in the Easter Sunday blasts either killed or arrested: Sri Lankan security forces assure their people

Army chief Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake, urging people not to get mislead by fears spread through social media and unverified reports, said that the military over the days has taken concrete steps to ensure national security under the emergency regulations.

In a joint press conference, the three chief’s of Sri Lanka’s defence forces, along with the country’s police chief, released a statement on Monday, which read that all those Islamic terrorists who were involved in the Easter Sunday blast have either been killed or captured.

The top officials assured that the country is now safe and can get back to normalcy.

The tri-forces chiefs asserted that the security of the country, following the April 21 bombings that left hundreds of people dead and injured, has been ensured with adequate measures and steps have been taken to implement a special security plan.

Moreover, the acting Inspector General of police (IGP), Chandana Wickrematarne stated that all the explosives which were with the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ), the terror organisation which claimed responsibility for the attack, have also been seized.

“All explosives possessed by the terrorist group has been seized. Almost everyone identified with the group has been arrested. Two of their bomb experts have died in the clashes. The police can happily announce that everyone with direct links has been either arrested or killed by now,” the police chief said.

Recently, the country had expelled over 600 foreign nationals, which included about 200 Islamic clerics. The Sri Lankan Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena had confirmed that the clerics have been fined and expelled from the country for overstaying their visa.

Meanwhile, the Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera informed that a total of 73 people, including nine women, have been arrested and being interrogated by the CID and the Terrorist Investigation Department (TID).

Army chief Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake, urging people not to get mislead by fears spread through social media and unverified reports, said that the military over the days has taken concrete steps to ensure national security under the emergency regulations.

The government has reopened schools on Monday and asked the citizens to return to their day-to-day activities.

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