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    Main suspect in Zion Church bombing arrested by CID

    March 29, 2020

    The Police had apprehended the main suspect who allegedly organized the suicide bomb attack on the Zion Church in Batticaloa on Easter Sunday in 2019, said the Police Media Spokesperson SP Jaliya Senaratne during a special press conference held at the Government Information Department today (29).

    “The police commenced several investigations and based on the success of these investigations we were able to arrest the suspect. There were certain allegations that the police were falling back on the investigations and the President ordered the removal of any officer involved in the investigation, who was not contributing to expedite the investigations and appoint capable and active officers to lead the investigations.

    As a result, we were able to expedite the investigations and arrest this suspect who is responsible for the death of many innocent lives. Based on the directives of the president to ensure that justice is served for all those who were killed in this attack and the many others who were affected by it, we made certain changes and corrected all shortcomings.

    Thereafter the investigating teams inspected all telephone records and through their investigations, they were able to arrest the main suspect who had transported the suicide bomber to the Zion Church in Batticaloa. He is the mastermind who was behind this attack and he had been absconding from the police, but eventually, he was arrested by the CID today based on the investigations carried out,” he added.

    A series of simultaneous bombings took place on April 21, 2019, targeting three churches during Easter Sunday mass and three luxury hotels. Many were killed in the attack on the Zion Church in Batticaloa when the suicide bomber blew himself up just before the Easter Mass commenced.

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