The Sri Lankan Army has, for the first time since the fatal Easter Sunday bombings, affirmed that the suicide bombers associated with the assaults had made a trip to India “for some kind of preparing or to make some more connections towards different associations outside the country”.
“They (those engaged with the assault) have gone to India, they have made a trip to [Indian-occupied] Kashmir, they have gone to Bangalore, and they have gone to Kerala state. [That is] the data accessible with us starting at now,” said Sri Lankan armed force boss Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake amid a meeting with the BBC.
The development comes seven days after Indian media referring to a top military authority had announced that the mastermind behind the attacks, Mohammad Zahran Hashim, had spent a “significant measure of time in south India”.
Additionally, an anonymous security official had before told the Indian Express that insight offices were following in excess of twelve suspects from Tamil Nadu and Kerala whose telephone numbers were found in Hashim’s call records.
At the point when asked whether it could be gathered from the data accessible that the assaults were plotted inside Sri Lanka or if there is proof that the assaults were facilitated midway by figures inside the activist Islamic State bunch in Syria, Senanayake stated: “Taking a gander at the example of activity and the spots that the administration has voyage […] so there must be some outside inclusion of some initiative or directions.”
The military administrator recognized that there had been some data and insight sharing issues, saying the “military intelligence needed to take a new turn and the others needed an alternate [direction] and there was a gap which everybody can see today”.
At the point when approached who at that point could be accused for the inability to share intelligence Senanayake stated: “I trust that everyone who is in charge of intelligence gathering and arrangement of these plans, who are responsible for the national security, are to be accused, including the political progressive systems.”
He proposed that carelessness in security matters was the reason Sri Lanka was assaulted. “A lot of opportunity, a lot of harmony throughout the previous 10 years. Individuals overlook what occurred for a long time. Individuals [were] getting a charge out of harmony and dismissed security,” he said.
Senanayake gave a hopeful reaction when asked whether he could “unhesitatingly state to individuals around the globe that Sri Lanka is a protected spot for universal travelers”.
“Sri Lanka is a nation which battled for a long time. The cases we looked around then [were] progressively difficult, and [involved] more dread than what we are confronting today.