Sri Lankan churches, hotels Easter attack mastermind killed

Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena announced Friday the alleged mastermind of Easter Sunday multiple suicide attacks in churches and hotels has been killed during police raid on ‘suicide vest factory’ in eastern part of the country.

According to police fifteen bodies including six children have been found following a gunfight between soldiers and suspected militants near Sammanthurai.

On the tip of police the Sri Lankan soldiers came to action and gunbattle started Friday night on a suspected safe house. Authorities say three explosions were set off by the militants along with firing.

According to police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara some of the militants blew themselves up in suicide bombings.

Security forces have recovered suicide kits, detonators, explosives, Islamic State group flags and military uniforms during the raids.

Meanwhile, the police chief and top defence ministry official have resigned after the Sunday’s blasts that killed more than 250 people in churches and hotels.

The subsequent attacks exposes intelligence failure of the country and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said crucial information about such danger was not passed to him.

On the tip of police the Sri Lankan soldiers came to action and gunbattle started Friday night on a suspected safe house. Authorities say three explosions were set off by the militants along with firing.

The PM argued not to step down as he was unaware of the warnings.

He added, “If we had any inkling, and we had not taken action, I would have handed in my resignation immediately… But what do you do when you are out of the loop?”

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