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Bengaluru, Mysuru on alert after Lanka blasts

April 28, 2019

Bengaluru and Mysuru in Karnataka are on high alert after the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka. Authorities have increased security in all sensitive areas, religious places, markets, malls, shopping plazas, multiplexes, airport, railway station, inter-state bus terminals and public places.

Bengaluru was already on high alert for the Lok Sabha election and this has been tightened. A series of terror blasts struck churches and luxury hotels in Colombo, killing over 250 people.

We have also directed hotels, pubs, restaurants, marriage halls, multi-complexes and supermarkets to step up their own security in and around their places with CCTV cameras, metal detectors and fire alarm. - Suneel Kumar, Bengaluru Police Commissioner

Given the presence of over 500 global IT firms, the Indian space agency, ISRO, and defence labs, Bengaluru is always on high alert. "We regularly receive alerts from the Union Home Ministry and intelligence agencies on possible terror attacks, as untoward incidents in Bengaluru draw global attention in view its reputation and prominence as the country's technology capital, aerospace hub and space city," said Kumar.

The city police held meetings on Thursday to assess the preparedness for dealing with any act of terror.

Meanwhile, in Lanka, 15 people, including six children, were killed in a Sri Lankan security forces operation. Three suicide bombers who were surrounded, blew themselves up while others were shot dead. Three men set off explosives, killing three women and six children inside what was said to be a jihadist safe house.

In a statement, the police said, "Three other men, also believed to be suicide bombers, were found dead outside the house".

Security forces have stepped up their searches for extremists after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels, which killed least 253 people and wounded hundreds more.

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