Main suspect of suicide bomb attack on Zion Church arrested

Main suspect of suicide bomb attack on Zion Church arrested

March 29, 2020   04:45 pm

The main suspect who had allegedly organized the suicide bomb attack Zion Church in Batticaloa on Easter Sunday 2019 has been arrested.

Police Media Spokesperson SP Jaliya Senaratne mentioned this addressing a special press conference held at the Department of Government Information this afternoon (29).

It has been revealed that the arrested suspect planned the attack and transported the suicide bomber to the Zion Church on the day of the attack as well.

The arrest had been made based on phone call analysis, tracing movement, statements of suspects currently under arrest, said Senaratne.

Although the Sri Lanka Police had been charged that the investigation on the Easter attacks had collapsed or halted.

However, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed for implementation of the law against the perpetrators by immediate reactivation of the investigations and replacing investigating personnel as necessary.

On 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday, three churches and three luxury hotels Colombo, were targeted in a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings.

The attack on the Protestant Zion Church came just before the church’s Easter mass was to begin. At least 26 were killed and more than 100 wounded in the attack to the Batticaloa church.

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