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Lanka lifts nationwide night curfew

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Barring three areas, on Sunday lifted the nationwide night which was imposed after the island nation was rocked with eight blasts targeting churches and hotels that killed 253 people, including Indians.

Police also said they have arrested one more person suspected to be involved in the blasts.

"No island-wide tonight. only imposed in Kalmunai, Sammanthurai and Chavalakade areas from 5 pm today," police spokesmen Ruwan Gunasekera said.

Ibrahim Mohamed Ifran Ahmed, the elder brother of two suicide bombers at the and Cinnamon Hotels, was arrested in Dematagoda area for possessing swords and an air rifle, he added.

A string of eight powerful blasts, including suicide attacks, struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in on Sunday and shattering a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the

Gunasekera said a mother-child duo rescued by police from a terrorist safe house at Sainthamarudu in Eastern during a raid have been identified as the wife and four-year-old daughter of Hashim, the suicide bomber-cum-mastermind of the serial bombings.

"and Rusaina, 4, rescued from the blasts and taken to have been identified by Zahran's sister as his wife and daughter," he said.

The and Army troops, following a tip-off, raided a house in Kalmunai city at at Sainthamarudu on Friday night, leading to a heavy exchange of fire with armed militants. As many as 15 people, including six children and three women, were killed in the shootout.

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First Published: Sun, April 28 2019. 19:25 IST