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    Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019.

    Some 25-30 Suspects Linked to Sri Lanka Bombings Still at Large - President

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    On 21 April, deadly blasts took place in Sri Lanka; the explosions devastated St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo, St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, and the Zion Church in Batticaloa during Easter mass.

    Some 30 people suspected of being involved in the Easter Sunday suicide blasts have not been detained yet, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Saturday.

    At the same time, the president stated that Daesh* is likely to be responsible for the terror attacks that rocked the country last month.

    READ MORE: Sri Lanka Bans Mosques Run by Extremist Groups Amid Terror Crackdown

    He stressed that the authorities have already identified all active members of the terror group and "it's a case of now arresting them." 

    Maithripala Sirisena also vowed to "bring about stability" and "eradicate terrorism" before the presidential elections due for year-end, which, according to him, "cannot be postponed."

    The Sri Lankan president's comments follow his previous remark that the Daesh terror group might be targeting smaller states now, following its defeat in Syria, as they lost their caliphate there in late March. Prior to making the statement, Daesh reportedly claimed responsibility for the Easter mass suicide attacks.

    The Easter Sunday bombings that occurred on 21 April devastated Sri Lanka and left the global community in shock. In the week following the deadly blasts, Sri Lankan forces have arrested over 100 people allegedly linked to the bombings. Earlier in the week, the government warned the nation that Daesh militants were currently planning more attacks.

    *Daesh (also known as ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group outlawed in Russia and many other countries.

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    terrorism, bombing, Easter Sunday Bombings, Daesh, Maithripala Sirisena, Sri Lanka
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