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Sri Lankan Intel Believes New Attacks Possible Using Female Bombers - Reports

© REUTERS / Dinuka LiyanawatteBuddhist monks take part in a prayer ceremony at a buddhist temple for the victims, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 24, 2019
Buddhist monks take part in a prayer ceremony at a buddhist temple for the victims, three days after a string of suicide bomb attacks on churches and luxury hotels across the island on Easter Sunday, in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 24, 2019 - Sputnik International
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NEW DELHI (Sputnik) - The Government Intelligence Service of Sri Lanka has received information suggesting that Buddhist temples could be targeted by female bombers from the National Thowheeth Jamaath extremist group, Daily Mirror reported on Monday.

According to Daily Mirror, local police conducted a series of counterterrorism raids following the deadly Easter Sunday blasts, and several sets of women's white clothing, often worn by Buddhists during ceremonies in Sri Lanka, were discovered during a search of one house.

The publication further said Muslim women purchased nine sets of such clothing from a textile shop in Giriulla on 29 March.

READ MORE: Two Main Suspects in Sri Lanka Terror Attacks Detained — Reports

A series of deadly blasts hit the country on 21 April, leaving over 250 people killed and about 500 injured nationwide. On Friday, three more explosions rocked the country's eastern city of Kalmunai during a police raid against militants.

Sri Lankan Muslim girls wearing the hijab, walk through the streets of the eastern town of Kattankudi in Batticaloa on May 20, 2011. - Sputnik International
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According to prosecutors, nine suicide attackers carried out the bombings, eight of whom have already been identified.

Following the explosions, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has banned allegedly Daesh-linked* National Thowheedh Jamaath and Jamathei Millathu Ibrahim organisations which are suspected of being behind the deadly attacks.

* Daesh (ISIL/ISIS/IS/Islamic State) is a terrorist organisation banned in Russia

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