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NCTC denies claims of Maldivian involvement in Lanka terror attacks

Shahudha Mohamed
22 April 2019, MVT 19:36
A press briefing by National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). NCTC denied claims of Maldivian involvement in Sunday's bombings in Sri Lanka. PHOTO: HUSSAIN WAHEED / MIHAARU
Shahudha Mohamed
22 April 2019, MVT 19:36

National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), on Monday, disclosed that local and international authorities confirm the non-involvement of Maldivians in the Easter terror attacks in various parts of Sri Lanka on Sunday.

The aftermath of eight bomb blasts puts the current death toll at 290, while over 500 are injured. Security in Maldives was heightened following the attacks in the neighbouring country.

According to a tweet by NCTC, there is no truth to the claims linking Maldives to the bombings. The tweet further urged citizens to refrain from spreading unverified information, and advised them to be responsible.

Tweet by the National Counter Terrorism Centre.

As of today, Sri Lankan authorities have made a total of 24 arrests in relation to the bomb blasts. However, their identities have yet to be revealed.

The Easter Sunday bombings were the most violent attacks Sri Lanka has seen in the last decade. The country has issued a state of emergency effective from Monday midnight which will allow armed forces to exercise every option in order to stop acts of terrorism.