Indian Coast Guard on High Alert to Stop Attackers from Fleeing Sri Lanka

The Indian Coast Guard has been put on high alert on Monday along the maritime border to prevent Sri Lanka blast perpetrators from escaping the country.

A number of ships and Dorniers — aircraft used to conduct surveillance  — have been deployed to identify suspicious boats along the maritime border.

“In the backdrop of Sri Lanka blasts, security has been enhanced in and around Naval base as a precautionary measure. Surveillance over sea has also been enhanced,” a Defence spokesman said, according to news agency ANI.

The move came hours after the Sri Lanka declared that a local Islamic extremist group — the National Thowheeth Jama’ath — may be behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks.

Seven suicide bombers took part in the attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that killed 290 people and wounded more than 500, as eight serial blasts rocked Sri Lanka early on Easter Sunday.

Two of the suicide bombers blew themselves up at the luxury Shangri-La Hotel on Colombo’s seafront, said Ariyananda Welianga, a senior official at the government’s forensic division. The others targeted three churches and two other hotels. A fourth hotel and a house in a suburb of the capital Colombo were also targeted.

Four of the bombs went off at roughly the same time on Sunday, at 8.45 a.m., with two others coming within 20 minutes. The explosions at the fourth hotel and the house were in the afternoon.

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