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Easter bombers visited Kashmir for training, establish links: Sri Lanka army chief

Police identified Mohamed Cassim Mohamed Zahran also known as Zahran Hashmi to have led the team of suicide bombers.

Islamist militants said to be linked to the deadly 21 April Easter Sunday terror attacks across Sri Lanka that claimed over 250 lives and injured another 500 are said to have practised shooting and bomb-making skills in the camp.

Wickramaratne did not say how many people were in custody over the bombings, but police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said Monday that 73 people, including nine women, were being held. "Search operations will be intensified as part of tighter security". Several people have been arrested in connection with the blasts.

"It will be like last Sunday when we had a service at Archbishop's chapel and telecast it live", spokesman Edmond Tillakaratne told AFP.

In an interview to the BBC on Thursday, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake disclosed some details on the movement of the suspects in the region, and also worldwide links.

Sirisena said he was not told of near-specific advance information from Indian intelligence sources about the plot and the attackers.

Speaking to IANS, the officer, who did not wish to be named, said: "We have no such information". From here, yesterday, the decision to keep churches and even Catholic schools closed "until further news".

The Sri Lankan government has also reimposed a ban on social media platforms in an effort to stop the spread of rumours after the violence. About 50 children were among those killed.

It was the first reported outbreak of violence since the bombings on churches and luxury hotels that left 257 dead.

Wickremesinghe earlier said he and his Cabinet Ministers had not been informed about the prior threats. "Some have been killed", Wickremesinghe said during a tour of island's east, where a Christian church was hit.

"With the many lovely people we have around us, close friends, talented colleagues and our loving family we will come together through it". "We will ensure that IS terrorism will be eradicated from our land".

Sri Lanka has a population of 21 million which is a patchwork of ethnicities and religions, dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority.

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