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2,289 arrested in connection with Easter Sunday bombing and communal violence

The total number of arrested suspects in connection with the Easter Sunday bomb attacks (21 April) and violence in the Northwestern Province and several other areas are 2,289.


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Terror group accomplice arrested

An accomplice of the suicide bomber Zahran was taken into custody by police several days ago.


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Notification of issuing methodology for explosive materials

The issuance of explosive materials which was temporarily suspended by the Security Council due to the situation prevailed in the country has been resumed under the direction of the President.


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TID to carry out further investigations into copper factory employees

Action has been taken to hand over further investigations relating to the nine employees of the Wellampitiya copper factory who are presently out on bail, to the Terrorist Investigation Division.


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Escape of 15 ISIS suspects to India is not yet confirmed

There was news flashed on Indian media and websites that 15 ISIS terrorist suspects were escaped from Srilanka to Lakshadweep island in India by sea, However Srilanka Navy still haven’t officially confirmed this news and meanwhile all navy fleets, ships, crafts and detachments in that area were informed to stay vigilant about this incident and Navy will take strict actions if there is any sited or detected information with regard to this, said the Navy Spokesman Lieutenant Commander Isuru Sooriyabandara during the press briefing at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya, last evening (26 May).


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General public is requested to act calm and do not get panicked by actions of narrow minded persons

Navy Marine Corps took 06 personnel in to custody who were engaged in unlawful sand mining in Kandalkadu area in Kinniya, Trincomalee on yesterday (23 May).


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Investigations into false newspaper report

A front page newspaper report in a national daily on Thursday (23) had claimed that a doctor connected to the Thowheed Jamaath had sterilized 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women during caesarean operations and that information has been received with evidence and investigations have commenced to arrest the doctor. The newspaper also claims that this doctor had carried out over 7000 surgeries.


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DNA tests confirm identities of suicide bombers

The DNA test reports of the Government Analyst's Department have confirmed on Tuesday evening (21) the identities of the Easter Sunday bombers, revealed the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara during a press briefing held at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya last evening (21).


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Peace is established in the country

At present peace is established in the country, However police is strictly vigilant about the situation and if some person or group tries to break the peace, strict actions will be taken against them.


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Stern action against individuals involving in unwarranted actions

I would like to express our concern and attention that have been taken with regard to maintaining peace and harmony of this country.


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Investigations into the violence underway

Investigations into the violence that occurred in the Northwestern Province and in Minuwangoda area are underway and intelligence personnel are also probing into find out the perpetrators and those behind them.


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78 arrested over violence in Northwestern region

The Police have arrested 78 individuals in connection with the violence in the Northwestern Province especially in the Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya, Nikaweratiya and Chilaw Police Divisions during the last two days.


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Strong action to maintain law and order

The Sri Lanka Navy has deployed about 2000 personnel covering the entire country to support the Police in order to ensure that law and order would be maintained.


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Police will use maximum powers to control the tense situations

Srilanka Air Force took swift actions to control the tense situation that occurred in Minuangoda area yesterday (13 May), Troops from several air force camps were deployed to the location.


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Security forces has taken all measures for public security

Security forces together with police are carrying out maximum operations to eradicate terrorism in the country. From the operations carried out in last three weeks since 21 April, Security forces were able to kill most of the terrorist and other suspects were taken in to custody, so the public is requested to carryout day to day life without any fear.


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Special unit is established to avoid circulating of false information through social media

There were few incidents of damaging shops has been reported in Kuliyapitiya area on last evening (12) and to control that situation police curfew was enforced in kuliyapitiya police division in last night(12).


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Maximum effort to ensure public security

The Police and the Tri Forces have taken maximum effort to provide security to all schools.


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Vehicles unheeding order to stop at Navy checkpoint fired at

Sri Lanka Navy personnel manning a checkpoint at Hunupitiya, Wattala had to open fire at a car which had sped ignoring orders to stop.


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All measures taken to ensure public security

Making a press statement, Secretary to the Ministry of Defence General SHS Kottegoda (Rtd) WWV RWP RSP VSV USP ndc, said that the Security Forces, Special Task Force, Police and the Civil Security Department have been able to bring the situation under control after the April 21st incidents by arresting most of the perpetrators involved in the suicide bombings. 


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Entry and exit restriction eased at Katunayake airport

The Sri Lanka Air Force was made aware that the passengers arriving and departing the Bandaranaike International Airport had to undergo considerable inconvenience because of the enhanced security arrangements put into effect from the 21st April, 2019.


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SIU investigation into Police errors over granting of bail to suspects

The Cinnamon Grand hotel suicide bomber, Mohamed Ibrahim Inshaf Ahamad was the owner of the brass factory at Wellampitiya.


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Extremist training locations raided

A 25-acre land in Riditenna in Valaichchenai Police Division was searched by the CID, Police and STF on Monday (06) after it was identified as a site used by the extremist terror group for their activities.


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Four Police teams to investigate into Kochchikade incident

Two individuals have been arrested following clashes in Kochchikade in Negombo. A personal dispute between two individuals had escalated into a tense situation after a group of highly intoxicated persons had involved and behaved in an unruly manner.


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Security operations to ensure safety of school children

During the past 48 hours, the armed forces have focused their full attention on the safety of school children. We have fully evaluated the security status quo and taken all necessary preventive security measures covering all the schools.


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Special search operations around schools premises on Sunday

Special security arrangements have been made to facilitate the reopening of schools on Monday. Necessary instructions have already been issued to all Police stations in the country.