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Muslim cleric wanted for airing extremist views arrested by Lankan authorities

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

A 47-year old Muslim wanted by the Sri Lankan security forces for using to air extremist views has been arrested at the International Airport, a media report said.

The cleric, whose identity has not been disclosed, was wanted for releasing videos in a manner that harms reconciliation in the country and has been remanded till May 14, reported.

The suspect, a resident of Vavuniya, was arrested on Saturday at the airport after his arrival from after performing

The suspect had been organising pilgrimage tours to Mecca, the paper reported.

The arrest of the came days after the said the trustees of all the mosques in the country should not engage in or allow any gathering to promote or propagate hatred and also directed them to send the audio recordings of the sermons to authorities.

The government's order was after security forces recovered swords and other weapons from mosques during following the April 21 bomb blasts in which over 250 people, including 44 foreigners 10 of whom were Indians, were killed and 500 others injured.

Security has been beefed up across after the attacks on three churches, two of them Catholic, and three luxury hotels.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, but the government has blamed local Islamist extremist group, Thawheed Jama'ath (NTJ), for the bombings.

The security forces are conducting round the clock security operations since the attack in the crackdown on radical Muslims with links to the bombings.

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 16:51 IST