Lanka town put under curfew after clashes between Muslims, Christians

Sri Lanka police name all 9 Easter Sunday suicide bombers

"I appeal to all Christians, Buddhists and Muslims to be patient, show restraint and ensure the peace we maintained after the Easter bombings", Card Malcolm Ranjith said on national television this morning.

Reacting sharply to Sri Lanka Army chief Mahesh Senanayake's statement that some of the 12 suicide bombers who carried out the Easter Sunday bombings were trained in Kashmir, a top intelligence officer in Srinagar said that there was no input to prove the claim.

Mr Sirisena said intelligence services from eight countries were helping Sri Lanka with its investigations. "But what they were doing is terrorism", said a senior police officer in the Batticaloa area, asking to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak to media.

The NIA has obtained evidence that Riyaz Aboobacker, who was arrested from Kerala's Palakkad, was interested in the speeches of Zahran Hashim, the main conspirator of the Sri Lankan blasts and the leader of the National Thowheed Jamath.

Police media spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara said that the tense situation was a result of a personal dispute between two groups and the situation has been brought under control.

Sri Lanka imposed a state of emergency after the April 21 bombings of three Christian churches and three luxury hotels which left more than 250 people dead.

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The minister did not give the nationalities of those who have been expelled, but police have said many foreigners who have overstayed their visas were from Bangladesh, India, Maldives and Pakistan. Catholic masses have been banned for a second weekend amid heightened security throughout Sri Lanka.

The family was staying at the Shangri-La Hotel in the capital of Colombo when it was attacked.

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Public schools are due to reopen on Monday under tight security. Across the country there are 10,194, and for each of them the authorities have guarded a security agent.

Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out the series of blasts.

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