More suspects arrested
[May 11 2019]
A suspect was arrested in Kattankudy by Police,
Thursday night (9). Investigations have revealed that the suspect had
maintained close links with the suicide bomber Zahran and had even
involved in financial transactions with him. The suspect has also
attended some training sessions conducted at a safe house run by the
terrorist group in Hambantota. Investigations have also revealed details
of several bank accounts maintained by the suspect. Authorities are
conducting further investigations, revealed the Police Spokesman SP
Ruwan Gunasekara during the press briefing at the Media Centre in
Kollupitiya, on Friday evening (10).
Another individual was also arrested by Slave Island
Police upon information received that the suspect had links with the
terrorist group. Police were also able to recover over Rs 8.3 million in
cash and more than 776 grams of jewelry items during a search conducted
at his office in Maradana. Details of a luxury house in Dehiwala and
several bank accounts were also revealed during investigations.
A cache of explosives was found hidden in the
Kattankudy beach. Police acting on information received had recovered
this stock of explosives believed to be hidden by the Sainthamaruthu
suicide bombers, the Police Spokesman further said. He also assured that
all items hidden by the terrorist group will be discovered and everyone
connected with them will be arrested and their assets seized.
The operating of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles
within the country was prohibited following the 21st April bombings.
However, there have been reports of sightings of suspected drones and
unmanned aerial vehicles from a number of areas. This has caused some
concerns in the minds of the people about their safety. Most of these
have turned out to be small toy drones and even kites which do not pose
any danger. Given the fact that such operation of drones and unmanned
aerial vehicles violate the law, we have to assume that those who
operate such drones and unmanned aerial vehicles do so motivated by
interests inimical to the national security. Therefore, the Security
Forces and the Police have been advised to take whatever action
necessary to bring down those drones and take into custody any
individual or group operating such, said so the Air Force Spokesman
Group Captain Gihan Seneviratne during the press briefing.
The Security Forces are fully committed to ensuring
national security and an expeditious return to normalcy. It is reminded
that the public cooperation in this regard is imperative. And also
refraining from activities that can cause fear and panic and notifying
the authorities of any individuals or groups engaging in such activities
is the public?s contribution to restoring confidence in our country and
to expedite the return to normal life, he further added.
Acting on information provided by the Akkaraipattu
Police, the Navy was able to recover several sharp items, an
unidentified grenade, a tablet PC, a personal computer and a binocular
from the Morawdi lagoon. During a search operation in Marassana in
Thalawathuoya, Navy personnel recovered 365 live ammunition, 72 empty
shells along with three magazines. All items have been handed over to
the Police for further investigations, said so the Navy Spokesman
Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara at the Press briefing.