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Sri Lankan army probes possible additional extremist groups

AP  |  Colombo 

said Thursday that other groups of Islamic extremists could be operating in the country independent of the one that carried out bomb attacks.

"There could be other groups, definitely," said.

"To what extent are they offensive, what is the equipment they carry, what is the time frame, who are their handlers, these are all matters under discussion," he told reporters.

More than 250 people were killed in coordinated suicide bomb attacks at three churches and three tourist hotels on that were claimed by the Islamic State group and carried out by a local radicalized Muslim group.

Seven suicide bombers blew themselves up at their targets and another killed himself and two guests at a motel after his device failed to explode at a fourth A ninth suicide bomber killed herself and her children as police surrounded her home.

Senanayake said the military is developing a two-year plan to eliminate the new terrorist threat.

The attacks took place a month before

Senanayake said the has organized a series of events to mark the anniversary. People have been asked to light an in their homes and offices in honor the fallen soldiers.

Senanayake said the military will not interfere with Tamil civilians remembering their dead relatives in areas where the final battle took place in 2009.

has been accused of deliberately targeting civilians and using disproportionate force that killed thousands of civilians in the final months of fighting.

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 22:16 IST
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