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Sri Lanka Might Seek Pakistan’s Help To Trace Easter Sunday Terrorists

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Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday said that the country might seek the help of Pakistan to trace terrorists involved in the Easter Sunday blasts in which 250 odd people were killed.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Wickremesinghe said that Pakistan has fully supported Sri Lanka’s war on terror and if needed, the country will seek Pakistan’s help again to trace those involved in last Sunday’s attacks.

“If necessary, we will seek their help to trace the terrorists and eliminate them. I see this tragic event as further strengthening the trust that exists between our countries and increasing cooperation,” the Sri Lankan premier said.

The PM said that although Sri Lanka was gathering clues of the attack, there was no evidence however that the attackers were backed by foreign elements.

He said several other countries in the region were facing terrorism threats, but this was the first time global terrorism had struck Sri Lanka. “Even the best of defences can sometimes be breached by ruthless terrorists, as we have seen time and again, all over the world.”

The death toll in Sri Lanka Easter Sunday blasts is said to be 253, while the number of wounded has gone up to more than 500.

Sunday’s attack saw 3 luxury hotels and 3 churches attacked by 7 suicide bombers, government sources said. Thus far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack but according to the New York Times, the government has set its focus on militant group National Thowheeth Jama’ath.

Rajitha Senaratne, the Sri Lankan health minister, blamed the group at a news conference in Colombo, the capital, adding: “There was an international network without which these attacks could not have succeeded.”

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