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Heavily-armed army commandos ride a motorcycle during special cordon-and-search operations in Colombo on May 25, 2019. The military launched a major hunt on May 25 for remnants of an Islamist group which carried out the Easter suicide bombings that killed 258 people, officials said. LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP

Troops hunt those linked to suicide attacks


The military launched a major hunt, on Saturday, for the remnants of the National Thowheed Jamaath, which carried out the Easter suicide bombings, killing 258 people.

Several Colombo suburbs were targeted by troops using emergency powers on arrests and detentions adopted after the April 21 attacks.

"Special cordon-and-search operations are under way in three areas just outside Colombo," a military official told reporters.

Similar operations were also carried out in North Western Province, near Colombo, where anti-Muslim riots this month left one man dead and hundreds of Muslim-owned shops, homes and mosques destroyed.

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