Sri Lankan authorities have taken at least 76 persons, including Pakistanis and Egyptians for questioning in connection with deeper probe into the Easter Sunday bombings claimed by the militant Daesh takfiri terrorist group known as ISIS, ISIL or IS.
Pakistanis in Sri Lanka stuck
The police spokesman disclosed that a group of Pakistanis had been detained among an unspecified number of foreign nationals for overstaying their visas.
Hundreds of Pakistanis fled the port city yesterday (Wednesday), crammed into buses organised by community leaders after threats of revenge.
A Pakistan Adnan Ali said that because of the bomb blasts and explosions, the local Sri Lankan people had attacked houses of Pakistani community. He too all set to return Pakistan.
More held for probe
Police said an Egyptian and several Pakistanis were among those detained overnight, although there was no immediate suggestion they had direct links to the attacks on three churches and four hotels that also wounded about 500 people.
A police statement said one of those detained overnight was linked to a “terrorist organization” but gave no other details.
Police said today on Thursday that 16 more were detained for questioning overnight, taking the number detained since Sunday to at least 76, including a Syrian. It said another was taken into custody after they investigated posts on the individual’s Facebook page and found what they described as hate speech. “It was related to the spreading and preaching of terrorism,” a police spokesman said. Others have also been caught up in the broader crackdown.
The bombings shattered the relative calm that has existed in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka since a civil war against mostly Hindu, ethnic Tamil separatists ended 10 years ago, and raised fears of Daesh and Buddhist terrorism.