Five suspects in Easter bombings extradited to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency since the April 21 attacks which killed 258 people including 45 foreign nationals and wounded nearly 500 people

Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency since the April 21 attacks which killed 258 people including 45 foreign nationals and wounded nearly 500 people

"One of the alleged ringleaders in the April 21 bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has been arrested following the publication of an Interpol Red Notice", the worldwide police organisation, based in the French city of Lyons, said in a statement.

A key global conference discussing sustainability of trade in wildlife scheduled in Colombo has been moved to Geneva, Switzerland following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in Sri Lanka. Gunasekara said Friday the five include the main suspect in the killing of two policemen a year ago at a checkpoint in eastern Sri Lanka that was blamed on Islamic extremists.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Last month, army chief Mahesh Senanayake said two suspects were arrested in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

The coordinated Islamist militant suicide bomb attacks on hotels and churches sent shockwaves through the Indian Ocean island state that had enjoyed relative peace since a civil war ended a decade ago.

Police declined to give information about the nature of the five suspects' alleged roles in the attacks but said one of them, identified as Mohamed Milhan, was a senior member of the NTJ.

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A team comprising officials of the Criminal Investigations Department took the suspects in its custody in Dubai and brought them back for further questioning.

In its earlier announcement soon after the Easter Sunday attacks, CITES expressed its compassion for the people of Sri Lanka for the impacts of the heinous acts committed in their country on 21 April.

Sri Lanka has been under a state of emergency since the attacks which also left 45 foreign nationals dead and wounded almost 500 people.

The suspects are now held under the custody of the CID.

They in turn have said Mr Sirisena ignored security protocols and should take the blame for the major lapses that allowed the suicide attacks.

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