Suicide bombers visited Kerala, Kashmir for training: Sri Lanka Army chief

Colombo (Sri Lanka): The suicide bombers who planned and executed the series of blasts in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday had travelled to India to possibly train in terrorist activities, says Sri Lanka Army chief. In an interview to BBC world, he said the suicide bombers might have received training from the places they visited though the exact reason is not yet known.

“They had gone to India, Kashmir, Bangalore, Kerala state. Those are the information available with us,” Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said in the interview. “Possibly for some sort of training or to make some more links towards the other organisations outside the country,” He added. The army chief also said that at least nine suicide bombers were responsible for the deadliest attack in Sri Lanka in a decade on April 21.

President Maithripala Sirisena had blamed the security establishment for failing to communicate several warnings they had about potential attacks, including that from India hours before the first bomb. Riyaz Aboobacker of Kerala, a member of Islamic State, had earlier admitted to following Sri Lankan bomber Zahran Hashim and Zakir Naik.

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