World, Middle East, Asia - Pacific

UAE repatriates 5 suspects of Sri Lanka Easter bombings

Over 250 people were killed, 500 others injured when series of blasts rocked Sri Lanka in April

Riyaz ul Khaliq   | 14.06.2019
UAE repatriates 5 suspects of Sri Lanka Easter bombings file photo


The United Arab Emirates has repatriated five Sri Lankans for their alleged involvement in the deadly Easter bombings, according to media reports on Friday.

Officials from Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigations Department (CID) had travelled to Dubai for investigation into the bombings, which was claimed by Daesh terror group.

“[CID] officials […] have returned after apprehending five suspects over the Easter Sunday bombings,” Colombo-based Sunday Times reported.

More than 250 people were massacred and over 500 injured after a series of blasts in April during Christian mass.

The media report said Mohamed Milhan, one of the repatriated suspects, was listed as “a terror suspect” even before the Easter Sunday terror attacks.

“The suspects are currently being questioned by the CID in Colombo,” Sinhalese police said.

On Thursday, the envoys of Muslim countries in Sri Lanka have met with the country’s Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

According to Sunday Times, the envoys pointed out “the need to regulate and bring all Madrasas and religious educational institutions under the Education Ministry”.

“… they [envoys] would welcome a common law in Sri Lanka that would apply to all citizens irrespective of their ethnicities,” the report said quoting a statement from Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker's office.

Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.