Sri Lankan attackers had links with Tamil Nadu IS sympathisers

Intelligence inputs regarding a possible terror attack in Sri Lanka was shared by Indian agencies with their Sri Lankan counterparts earlier this month after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) completed its probe into an ISIS-inspired module planning to kill prominent leaders in South India.

According to reports, the input was sent through diplomatic channels to the island nation after a thorough investigation pertaining to the ISIS case in Coimbatore was carried out by the NIA, which has filed a charge sheet against seven people.

Meanwhile, airports in Chennai, Trichy, Coimbatore and Madurai have increased their security checks following Lankan blasts on Easter Sunday.

Police in Sri Lanka on Thursday arrested three suspects during a raid in Colombo and seized 21 hand grenades, six swords and a van.

The raid was carried out by the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) and the Special Task Force (STF) personnel in the city’s Modara area, the Daily Mirror reported.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka late on April 25 revised the death toll from the Easter Sunday blasts by more than 100, to “about 253”, according to the Health Ministry.

Dr. Anil Jasinghe, the Director-General of the Health Services, said the larger death toll was released as a result of a calculation error. “The approximate total of the dead would be 253 and not 359 as reported in media,” he said.