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3 suspects arrested with 21 hand grenades, six swords in Lanka

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Sri Lankan police on Thursday arrested three suspects and seized 21 hand grenades and six swords during a raid here following the Easter Sunday bombings that left nearly 360 people dead.

The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) and the Special Task Force (STF) personnel carried out the raid in Modara area of the city and arrested three suspects, the Daily Mirror reported.

They also seized a van, 21 locally made low powerful hand grenades and six swords.

The CCD officials are conducting further investigations.

The Lankan authorities Thursday intensified their raids with the help of the army and arrested 16 more suspects in connection with the Easter suicide attacks, taking the total number of suspects under police custody to over 70.

Sri Lanka's government has blamed the attacks on three Catholic churches and three luxury hotels on an Islamist extremist group National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ).

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but the government has blamed the NTJ.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 25 2019. 17:55 IST