The chief of the Sri Lankan Army has said some of the bombers of the Easter attacks had travelled to India for what seems like training for terror activities. In an interview to BBC World, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake said that the Army possessed information with regards to their travel. “They had gone to India, Kashmir, Bengaluru, Kerala state. Those are the information available with us. Possibly for some sort of training or to make some more links towards the other organisations outside the country,” he said.
His remark comes days after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested a 29-year-old Palakkad resident for allegedly conspiring to commit a terrorist act through Kasargode ISIS module. The arrested has been identified as Riyas A, alias Riyas Aboobacker, alias Abu Dujana, who has reportedly confessed to have been inspired by Zahran Hashim, the alleged mastermind behind the last Sunday’s suicide bombings in Sri Lanka. A special court in Kochi sent him to judicial custody till May 29 later on Tuesday.
The NIA had raided houses of three suspects in Kerala in connection with a case concerning 15 people who left India to join the militant Islamic State group, a week after bombings in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250. About the possibility of an involvement of a foreign group, the Commander said by looking at the pattern of operation and the places that the suspects travelled, there has to be some outside involvement of some leadership or instructions.
He said that as the Chief of the Army, he believes that everybody who is responsible for intelligence-gathering and the national security is to be blamed, including the political hierarchies.