Church Services in Sri Lanka Capital Canceled Again After New Bomb Threats

Sri Lanka police name all 9 Easter Sunday suicide bombers

Sri Lanka police name all 9 Easter Sunday suicide bombers

Sri Lankan authorities had advance warnings from Indian intelligence of the impending Easter attacks, but police and security forces failed to act.

Police, meanwhile, said they were stepping up search operations over the weekend ahead of a planned re-opening of over 10,000 public schools after an extended Easter vacation.

Abdul Latheef, who had studied both in the United Kingdom and Australia, detonated his explosives at a guest house near Colomb after failing to set a bomb off at a luxury hotel.

Sri Lankan security services are now on high alert as the threat of potential new terror attacks looms large two weeks after the Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people.

"We will grant a two-day amnesty for people to surrender such weapons", he added.

Official sources said the Thewatte National Basilica, just outside Colombo, was the suspected target, and the military deployed hundreds of troops to search the area.

The call came as investigations into the deadly bombings continue.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena told Reuters on Saturday that some 25 to 30 people linked to the bombings were still at large. "The cases we faced at that time were more hard and more terror than what we are facing today", he said.

Following the blasts, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had conducted raids at three places at Kasaragod and Palakkad in Kerala in a probe connected to an Islamic State module case.

According to a report in the BBC, investigators in Sri Lanka believe that one of the suicide bombers involved in the attack, Abdul Jameel Lathief, had tried to travel to Syria in 2015 to join the ISIS, while the others seem to have established contact with radicals in the region around the island country.

"It's crystal clear because after the attacks the IS organisation made an announcement claiming responsibility for the bombings", he said.

"Elections can not be postponed, therefore before the elections I will bring about stability and I will eradicate terrorism", he said.

Scores of suspects have been arrested since the Easter Sunday attacks.

The majority of people killed in the attacks were Sri Lankans, but dozens of foreign nations, including British and Indian citizens, were also among the victims.