Police arrest 13 for Sri Lanka blasts

Agence France-Presse
Reports say 13 men from the same radical group were arrested for the 8 attacks on Easter Sunday

BOMBINGS. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan police have arrested 13 men in connection with bomb blasts on churches and hotels that killed more than 200 people, officials said Monday, April 22.

Authorities have not made public details on those held after Sunday’s, April 21, attacks. But a police source told AFP the 13 were detained at two locations in and around Colombo.

The source said the 13 men are from the same radical group.

At least two of the 8 attacks were carried out by suicide bombers, according to police and other sources, and 3 police were killed when another suicide bomber detonated explosives during a raid on a house where suspects were. –