The suicide bombers accused of Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka has assembled ‘easily-available chemicals’ to make explosives, claims Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, as authorities investigate how terrorists gathered the technical knowledge.
PM Wickremesinghe claims that the investigators have been tracing the trail of explosives, which were used to manufacture the bombs to target luxury hotels and churches in Colombo.
He was quoted saying, “We have been tracking the arms. Most of them were easily-available chemicals.”
PM Wickremesinghe also noted that there was now a “question of funding and where the know-how to put these together” came from. “These are explosives which had to be kept in a certain climate and certain temperatures,” he added.
The Government of Sri Lanka has placed thousands of troops to round up any remaining accused terrorists in the country.
The Prime Minister claims that the suicide bombers behind the attacks might have “self-funded” their activities as they belong to rich families. However, it seems that the intelligence officials are tracking financial records to see if any foreign organisation has aided the bombers with funds to carry out such devastating bomb blasts.
The Government of Sri Lanka further heavily criticised for its miserable failure to control the worst carnage the island nation is suffering since the 26-year-old Civil War between the Sri Lanka Government and Tamil guerrillas, which ended in 2009.
Last week, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has blamed the intelligence failures behind the bomb blasts amid reports that there were alerts of terrorist attacks.
Meanwhile, PM Wickremesinghe claims that the series of well-coordinated explosions could have been averted “if security agencies followed instructions given to them.”