US support for Sri Lanka temporary, limited to bombing probe: embassy

ECONOMYNEXT – Support from United States personnel to Sri Lanka is short term and is limited to supporting investigations into Easter Sunday suicide attacks that killed over 250 people, its embassy in Colombo said.

"…U.S. teams are already working closely with their Sri Lankan partners on efforts including explosives detection, crime scene investigation, and forensics analysis," the embassy said in a statement. 

"All activities are at the request of and closely coordinated with Sri Lankan authorities.
"This cooperation is short term, temporary, and specific to the recent attacks and bringing the perpetrators to justice."

Nationalists and opposition activists have claimed that a US intervention was under way with Islamist extremists carrying out bombings.

(Colombo, April 29, 2019-SB)

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