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CID official testifies before PSC

The Parliament Select Committee (PSC) was made aware that there is still no evidence to direct ISIS involvement in the Easter Sunday attacks.

Senior DIG of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Ravi Seneviratne told the PSC today (24) that there is still no hard evidence to show clear links between the Easter Sunday suicide bombers and the International extremist terror organisation, ISIS.

However, Seneviratne said that National Thowheed Jamath (NTJ) leader Mohamed Zaharan was being investigated over some other incidents.

The top investigator also expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of action taken with regards to the prior warnings received before the bombings as he stated that the information had been received prior to April 21 and was immediately then passed on to the relevant officers.

The Senior DIG also said that after studying the CCTV footage received from the Taj Hotel in Colombo, it could be strongly affirmed that the hotel was also a target for the bombers.

He said that the bomber seems to have attempted to trigger the bomb at the Taj Hotel on at least two occasions but the bomb did not go off.