Police have released pictures of six suspects involved in the serial blast case on the occasion of Easter in Sri Lanka. Among these, three women are also included. It was reported that 253 people died in the attack on several places including Sri Lanka's capital Colombo on Sunday.
Police have arrested 16 more people while speeding up the search operation, after which the number of the accused detained has increased to 76. It is believed that the nine suicide bombers who carried out the attack were members of the local terrorist group National Tauhid Jamaat (NTJ). On Sunday, a series of bombs were hurled at three churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Sunday. The police have issued the names and photos of the suspects on Thursday and sought information from the public.
Some of the arrested people are suspected to be connected to the NTJ. This terrorist group is said to be behind the blasts. However, ISIS has taken responsibility for the attacks.
Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to help police search operation. More than 5,000 army personnel have been deployed across the country. Military spokesman Brigadier Sumit Atapattu said that during the last 24 hours there has been no major incident. We have deployed more than 6,300 soldiers. It includes 1,000 Air Force and 600 people from Navy. A minor explosion happened in the Pugoda, 40 kilometers away from Colombo, behind the magistrate's court. The police said that the explosion took place in a garbage pile and there no one injured during the explosion.
After the terrorist attack, Defense Secretary Hemsiri Fernando resigned. Following the Easter bombings, Sri Lankan President Maitripala Sirisena had asked for the resignation of Defense Secretary Hemsiri Fernando, after which he resigned on Thursday.