Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

6 arrested for links to training facility of Thawheed Jammath

Colombo, May 20 (BAN/ AD): Police have arrested six suspects, which includes a employee at the Parliament, they are believed to be linked to training facility of the banned Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jammath (NTJ) in Kurunegala. 9 suicide bombers were responsible for carrying out series of devastating blasts that targeted 3 churches and 3 luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, which killed around 250 people. The ISIS claimed the attacks, but the government blamed NTJ for the bombings.

Ruwan Gunasekara Police Spokesman said that initially three suspects had been apprehended after the training facility was discovered at a coconut estate upon a tip-off received by the Kurunegala Police. He added the suspects, which included the land owner, were arrested on May 9 and have been remanded until May 24 after being produced before a court.

Of the arrested six suspects, three persons including the hospital and the Parliament staffer have been remanded until May 24. Government banned the NTJ after Easter Sunday attacks and arrested over 100 people.

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