Sri Lanka returning to normal, security operations to continue: PM

ECONOMYNEXT – Daily life in Sri Lanka is returning to normal amid tighter security, after the Easter Sunday bombings, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in parliament.

"Security forces have managed to bring the country to a safe level," he said.

Quoting from a report submitted by Acting Inspector General of Police C. D. Wickramaratna,

Wickremesinghe said economic activity has returned to normal but searches and checks on roads will continue.

"Daily business operations and affairs of the general public have returned to normal," he said.

"Public transport and logistics have returned to normal. The frequent curfews imposed across the island have now been removed."

He said that schools have now restarted, with no disruptions.

However, there was less traffic on roads in Colombo, as many parents opted to not send their children to school.

The Prime Minister said daily rites are being observed at places of religious worship, although special events are not being held.

"We are inquiring into tips sent by the public."





He said that the police is continuing to investigate the bombings, and all living suspects directly connected to the attack have been arrested, while others closely linked are being investigated and arrested.

Wickremesinghe said the threat has not completely ended, as global terror attacks may manifest in many ways.

The Islamic State took responsibility for the attacks, which were carried out by local radical extremist Islamist groups, which left over 250 persons dead, and over 500 wounded.

Wickremesinghe said that the government had known that some of the attackers had been trained by the Islamic State in Syria since 2014. (Colombo/May07/2019-SB)


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