Sri Lanka remains on high alert after attacks

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 6:27 AM PT — Tuesday, April 30, 2019

According to the U.S. ambassador to Sri Lanka, members of the terror group responsible for the Easter Sunday attacks are still at large.

In an interview Tuesday, Ambassador Alaina Teplits said there are ongoing terrorist threats, and the group involved in the deadly bombings may be plotting more assaults.

The attacks, which left more than 250 people dead and wounded hundreds of others, is believed to be carried out by a local terror group with ties to ISIS.

The ambassador said the U.S. is working with the Sri Lankan government to combat future attacks, however, other countries must also support the effort to end the scourge of terrorism.

A soldier stands guard amid Catholics attending Mass outside St. Joseph’s church in Thannamunai, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. This small village in eastern Sri Lanka has held likely the first Mass since Catholic leaders closed all their churches for fear of more attacks after the Easter suicide bombings that killed over 250 people. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

“The government of Sri Lanka has admitted lapses in intelligence and failures along the way, think that’s a positive sign towards working to correct those lapses, ” said Ambassador Teplits. “Nobody wants to see a repeat of what happened on Easter Sunday.”

Sri Lanka remains on high alert as intelligence officials say more terror attacks could happen before the start of the Islamic month of Ramadan.

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