What's Going on in Sri Lanka?

Easter bombers visited Kashmir for training, establish links: Sri Lanka army chief

Sri Lanka's main worldwide airport is located in the area, but police said there was no disruption to airport traffic.

Wickramaratne, who was named acting police chief last week after President Maithripala Sirisena suspended his predecessor over his failure to act on warnings about the attacks, said public life was slowly returning to normal with the lifting of curfews imposed after the bombings.

On Monday, government-run schools in Sri Lanka resumed classes amid tight security.

Eight suicide bombs detonated across the island nation April 21, targeting churches and high-end hotels.

A string of arrests have been made in the wake of the attacks and the country is on high alert amid fears extremists could strike again.

Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith along with Muslim clerics visited the area Monday to appeal for peace.

However, there could be a possibility of the bombers visiting the state using pseudonym, the official said, adding if Sri Lanka hands over some evidence, it can be verified from the ground.

"We have already identified all active members of the group and it's a case of now arresting them", he said.

Sri Lankan authorities are calling on the public to surrender swords and large knives amid heightened security concerns following the deadly Easter Sunday attacks.

Media reports quoting Singh said that police have not received any information officially but the persons whose names appeared on social media have not travelled to Kashmir.

Police media spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had found that the group had over 140 million Sri Lankan rupees in cash. Troops and police were given broad powers to arrest and detain suspects and about 150 people have been taken into custody.

"About two motorcycles and a three-wheel taxi had been damaged in the clashes", the police officer told AFP.

The agency picked up several people for suspected links to the Islamic State, the terror group that claimed responsibility for the attack.

Sri Lankan authorities have previously said that they suspect the attackers had global links, although the precise nature of those connections aren't known.

"We are trying to see if there are any more secret IS cells in the country", he said.

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