2 arrested after clash in Sri Lanka town hit by Easter blast

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Pakistani Christian and Muslim students carry placards and candles as they pay tribute to the Sri Lankan blasts victims, at St. Marys High School in Lahore on April 23, 2019.

"You can't say the threat is over, but the situation is well under control. better than what we expected".

Days after the raids by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India which exposed links between the conspirators of the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka and a few Indians, the top military officer of the island nation too confirmed the suspects have worldwide links and even visited Kerala, Bangalore and Kashmir in India.

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Kishu Gomes said that based on information available, arrivals are expected to fall 60 percent in May. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said the CID had confiscated part of the cash, while the remaining is in bank accounts maintained by suspects.

Sri Lanka authorities have previously said that they suspect the attackers had worldwide links, although the precise nature of those connections is not known.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said in a statement the government will compensate those who lost property in the night-time clashes.

The police said a house was also damaged during the violence in Negombo, one of the targets of the April 21 attacks in which over 250 people were killed and hundreds injured.

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Police said other foreigners who have overstayed their visas were from Bangladesh, India, the Maldives and Pakistan. Catholic churches were closed for a second weekend, and some Muslims have been subjected to hate comments on social media.

The Negombo's main church, St Sebastian's, a building modelled on the cathedral in the French town of Reims, was targeted by a suicide bomber.

According to reports, a clash broke out between Sinhalese and Muslims in Negombo on Sunday.

"We are trying to see if there are any more secret IS cells in the country", he said, using an acronym referring to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

Mr Wickremesinghe hoped normality would return by Monday when public schools reopen after an extended Easter vacation.

Hashim was confirmed to have been killed in the attack on a Colombo hotel on Easter Sunday.

Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out the series of blasts.

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