COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka’s Catholic church buildings include canceled Sunday mass in the capital Colombo for a second straight week, citing foreign intelligence warnings of threats to worshippers in the wake of the deadly Easter bombings on church buildings and motels.
Sri Lankan security forces include said they include been declaring a excessive level of alert as intelligence reports indicated the militants include been prone to strike earlier than the foundation of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which is due to initiate on Monday.
And the U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka said this week that most certainly the most Islamist militants in the again of the Easter bombings that killed over 250 other folks include been prone to be aloof at substantial and is also planning more assaults. [L3N22C1ES]
“The security wretchedness has no longer improved but,” Colombo Archdiocese spokesman Edmund Tillekeratne said on Friday.
Colombo’s Archbishop, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, said on Thursday that a “highly reputable foreign provide” had warned of an assault on a infamous church. He also requested that everybody non-public Catholic colleges in and spherical the capital remain shut for now.
Colleges are due to reopen but again on Monday, and the Education Ministry has said on the least one police officer will be posted at each institution to present protection to younger other folks.
Sri Lankan authorities, who include near under fire for no longer performing on repeated warnings about assaults, did no longer straight acknowledge to a ask for commentary.
Police suspect members of two previously puny-known Islamist militant groups based in Sri Lanka – National Thawheedh Jamaath and Jammiyathul Millathu Ibrahim – of accomplishing the April 21 assaults.
Sri Lanka has previously said that they suspect the attackers had global links, even though the real nature of these connections aren’t known.
Islamic Verbalize has claimed responsibility for the coordinated bombings in Sri Lanka, nonetheless has no longer give proof for its direct.
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and Interpol, apart from assorted undisclosed foreign agencies, are helping Sri Lanka with the probe.
Local intelligence officials imagine that Zahran Hashim, a Tamil-speaking preacher from the east of the Indian Ocean island country, would maybe maybe include performed a key role in plotting the Easter bombings. Officers imagine he used to be one amongst 9 suicide bombers.
Writing by Alexandra Ulmer; Modifying by Simon Cameron-Moore