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Pres­i­dent Maithri­pala Sirisena said one of the mas­ter­minds who or­ches­trated the Easter Sun­day ter­ror attacks in Sri Lanka was ar­rested in Saudi Ara­bia a cou­ple of days ago.

The Pres­i­dent said this dur­ing a meet­ing with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mus­lim Civil Or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing the All Cey­lon Jamiyy­athul Ulema (ACJU) at the Pres­i­den­tial Sec­re­tariat on Wed­nes­day (8).

He said of­fi­cials from Sri Lanka also went to Saudi Ara­bia to bring back this per­son who was one of the mas­ter­minds be­hind the attack.

“This sus­pect ar­rested in Saudi is one of the mas­ter­minds be­hind the attack. al­to­gether, we have iden­ti­fied 130-140 sus­pects as be­ing involved in this ter­ror group and some of them died in suicide bomb attacks,” he said.

He said the se­cu­rity concerns had been ad­dressed and the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try was bet­ter now. “It is the false re­ports that mis­lead peo­ple now. When the gov­ern­ment is try­ing to make things bet­ter, some el­e­ments from both the gov­ern­ment and the op­po­si­tion sides are try­ing to sab­o­tage our at­tempts,” he said.

He said the gov­ern­ment was doing its best to re­solve is­sues and hin­drances faced by the Mus­lim com­mu­nity at this mo­ment and re­quested them to be patient a lit­tle while longer.

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