The National Thawheedh Jamaath (NTJ) and Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim were banned under his emergency powers, President Maithripala Sirisena said in a statement, nearly a week after the Easter Sunday attacks that killed more than 250 people. Authorities could not act earlier to ban the two little known groups because the law required them to show firm evidence against them, officials said. Police believe the suspected mastermind of the bombings, Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Zahran, led either the NTJ or a splinter group. Less is known about Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim, whose members are also believed to have played a role in the bombings. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks. Nearly 10,000 soldiers have been deployed across the island to carry out searches and boost security since the bombings in three churches and four hotels, most of which were in the capital Colombo. Security forces have detained 100 people, including foreigners from Syria and Egypt, police said. A … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka bans groups suspected to be behind attacks; ringleader’s relatives wounded
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The shootout between troops and suspected Islamist militants erupted on Friday evening in Sainthamaruthu in Ampara district, to the south of the town of Batticaloa, site of one of the Easter Sunday blasts at three churches and four luxury hotels. A police spokesman said that three suspected suicide bombers were among the 15 dead after the shootout. Islamic State claimed responsibility for last Sunday’s attacks, all but one of which were in the capital, Colombo. The government has said they were carried out by nine well-educated Sri Lankans, eight of whom have been identified. Authorities have warned there could be more attacks targeting religious centers following the bombings, which shattered the relative calm that Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka had enjoyed since a civil war against mostly-Hindu ethnic Tamil separatists ended a decade ago. The U.S. State Department, warning that terrorist groups were continuing to plot attacks, urged citizens to reconsider travel to Sri Lanka. It … [Read more...] about Gun battle in Sri Lanka kills 15, U.S. pulls citizens out
By Nguyen Quy  April 26, 2019 | 06:56 pm GMT+7 Sri Lanka is a small island nation off the southern tip of India where 70 percent of its population practice Theravada Buddhism. Photo by Shuttestock/Tom Pauer Avoid travel to Sri Lanka and Algeria, Vietnam’s tourism administration advises, in the wake of bomb blasts and terrorist attacks. The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) has warned travel agencies and tour operators to reconsider organizing tours to the two countries in the coming time due to safety reasons in the context of political crises and terrorist attacks in those countries. Travel agencies that are currently taking tourists to Algeria and Sri Lanka have been asked to advise tourists not to gather in crowded places and always keep themselves updated on security statuses from local governments. Last Sunday, a string of bombings in churches and hotels across Sri Lanka killed at least 359 people and wounded more than 500 … [Read more...] about Stay away from Sri Lanka, Algeria, Vietnam advises tourists
Viet Nam News By Sri Lankan Ambassador Hasanthi Urugodawatte Dissanayake Sri Lanka is the essence of a people renowned for their hospitality, stunning landscapes, rich biodiversity and a wealth of incredible, immersive experiences on offer for travellers. Within a mere area of 65,610sq.km lie eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 1,330km of coastline - much of its pristine beach, 15 national parks showcasing an abundance of wildlife, nearly 202,343ha of lush tea plantations, 101,171 of botanical gardens, 350 waterfalls, 25,000 water bodies, and a culture that extends back over 2,500 years, with well-preserved archaeological monuments, mostly from the country’s Buddhist heritage, one of the world’s most scenic rail routes. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that the year 2019 is marked with many remarkable milestones for Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, with Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the top country for travel and recognising Colombo City, the commercial capital … [Read more...] about 2019 Sri Lanka: where all roads lead to!
The Hanoitimes - Chairman of the Hanoi People`s Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung said that this is a successful working term of Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam Saranya Hasathi Urgodawatt Dissanayke. Party General Secretary vows to share development experience with Sri Lanka Prime Minister hosted reception for RoK, Sri Lankan Ambassadors Hanoi strengthens cooperation with Sri Lankan businesses Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung on January 23 hosted a reception for Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam Saranya Hasathi Urgodawatt Dissanayke, who came to say goodbye before ending her tenure. Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee, Nguyen Duc Chung received the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Vietnam, Saranya Hasathi Urgodawatt Dissanayke, who came to say goodbye before ending her tenure. Photo: Ha Phuong At the meeting, Ambassador Saranya Hasathi Urgodawatt Dissanayke said, during the her term as ambassador, the cooperative relationship between … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s leader bids farewell to outgoing Sri Lanka ambassador